Customers of Swisscom will now have access to gigabit connectivity at the operator’s outlets throughout Switzerland. This is after Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) deployed its Ericsson Radio Dot System to the retail premises of the telecommunications firm.
Consequently Swisscom customers will now be able to enjoy greater quality coverage as well as capacity in places that are hard to reach such as commercial buildings, elevators and garages. Swisscom subscribers will therefore be able to enjoy true gigabit experience over the entire network.
Currently the Swisscom shop locations that are enjoying a downlink capacity of 1.2Gbps include Zurich, Freiburg and Bern but by the end of this year this number will rise to 15 shops.
“Delivering Gigabit LTE in our retail stores allows us to showcase the incredible performance of the overall Swisscom network at our key customer touchpoint. Subscribers and potential subscribers can experience first-hand our products on our Gigabit network,” Swisscom’s Products and Marketing head, Dirk Wierzbitzki, said.
Around the world over 120 operators have deployed the Ericsson Radio Dot System in venues that include office buildings, shopping malls, hospitals, hotels and airports.
Ericsson Radio Dot System’s deployment in Swisscom shops coincides with a 5G trial which the Swedish-based telecommunications equipment maker conducted in connected cars alongside Japan’s NTT DoCoMo and Toyota Motor Corp (ADR)(NYSE:TM) as well as Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC). In the trial downlink speeds of 1Gbps and uplink speeds of 600Mbps were achieved when streaming 4K video in a connected car moving at the speed of 30 kilometers per hour.
In the trial Ericsson’s cloud-RAN technology and base stations were used as well as the Go 5G Automotive Platform terminal of Intel. The 5G trial environment was NTT DoCoMo’s while the vehicle was a Toyota Alphard. The trial which was conducted at the Odaiba waterfront in Tokyo will soon be demonstrated to the public.
Big data consortium
A big data consortium was formed by the companies mentioned above three months ago with the aim of linking cloud computing networks in order to support driving assistance, real-time mapping and other connected-car services.
In Monday’s trading session shares of Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson rose by 2.84% to close the day’s session at $6.51 per share.