The FAQ offer additional information on 5G in the sections technology, antennas, frequency allocations, licences and responsibilities.
What are the differences between 5G and 4G? Who authorises the introduction of a new telecommunications technology such as 5G in Switzerland? Do the frequency bands used for 5G and 4G differ? Were the new frequencies allocated to operators already in use in the past? Do the highest allocated frequencies lie in the millimetre wave band?
Frequency allocation and licences
Did the award of new frequencies to operators have to take place so quickly in order to enable them to implement 5G? Would it not have been better to wait for the report and recommendations of the "Mobile radio and radiation" working group under the leadership of the FOEN before allocating the new frequencies? The operators Swisscom, Sunrise and Salt received new mobile radio frequencies in February 2019. How were the licences awarded? Are the licences awarded to the operators reserved for 5G? Where does the auction revenue go? Who checks whether the operators comply with the conditions laid down in the licences? The licences oblige the operators to provide half of the Swiss population with mobile communication services in the 700-MHz band and a quarter of the population on other frequencies by 2024. Who sets these limits and why?
Allocation of responsibilities
Last modification 04.06.2019