During the 2019 Mobile World Congress, Swiss operator Sunrise and Huawei jointly won the GSMA’s “Best Mobile Operator Service for Consumers” for Sunrise 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) Service in recognition of the commercial and social value created by Sunrise and Huawei in Switzerland.
Sunrise adheres to a philosophy of “serving customers, serving society” and has been committed to providing high-quality telecommunications services in Switzerland for many years. In response to the rapidly growing data traffic and the need for high bandwidth mobile internet in rural areas, where no fibre infrastructure is available, Sunrise proposed a “5G for People” strategy to close the digital divide between urban and rural areas.
In December 2017, Sunrise established a 5G trial network and achieved world record setting 5G C-band single user throughput on using Huawei’s 5G end-to-end solution. In June 2018, the two sides successfully built the first commercial 5G site in Switzerland, this marks that Sunrise had turned 5G from concept to reality in just a half year. Sunrise is now deploying 5G networks in the whole country. By the end of March 2019, the network will span 150 towns/places in Switzerland and provide FWA service for the first batch of individual and enterprise users at a rate of 1 Gbps. The large-scale deployment is crucial to bridging the digital divide between urban and rural areas.
Sunrise CTO, Elmar Grasser expressed thanks to GSMA for the recognition. He explained that customer satisfaction and contributions to social welfare through digitisation and an outstanding infrastructure are core values for Sunrise, and that Sunrise plans to produce a leading 5G network e.g. for emergency services and business-critical enterprise applications as well as for the vertical industry market. They plan to develop more new services for autonomous driving, 5G drones, and more, to actively shape digitalisation in Switzerland for the benefit of all.
Jerry He, CMO of Huawei Cloud Core Network Product Line, said, “Huawei is
very pleased to contribute to Sunrise’s ‘5G for People’ strategy. The future success of 5G is inseparable from the participation and efforts of the industry as a whole. Huawei is eager to work closely with customers and partners to drive 5G into mature commercialisation and maximise its business and social value.”