In Opensignal's first 5G Experience Report on Switzerland, Sunrise dominates the awards table. The operator wins both 5G speeds awards outright — 5G Download Speed and 5G Upload Speed — and shares the victory with Salt for the three experiential awards: 5G Video, 5G Games and 5G Voice App Experience. However, Swisscom wins the two measures of the extent of 5G — 5G Availability and 5G Reach — which means our Swisscom users were able to connect to 5G more frequently and in more places than those on its competitors’ networks.
In May 2021, Swisscom renewed its strategic partnership with Ericsson over the next three years, to advance future 5G roll-outs and prepare for the deployment of 5G Standalone network. Both companies started their co-operation in 2015, which led to launching Swisscom’s commercial 5G network in April 2019 — one of the first networks of this kind in Europe. Notably, Swisscom’s competitors went for other vendors to provide their 5G infrastructure. Salt teamed up with Nokia to launch its 5G network and Sunrise selected Huawei. Sunrise and Huawei explore 5G use cases, as both companies partnered with fenaco, Agroscope and the Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences to drive 5G-based Smart Farming technologies, i.e. using drones and agricultural robots to control weeds using drones and agricultural robots.
In this report, we examine the 5G experience of our users on the three main mobile network operators in Switzerland: Swisscom, Sunrise and Salt, over the 90 day period beginning May 1, 2021, and ending July 29, 2021, to see how they fared.