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Fear of 5G – now of Swisscom, speaks-in-chief

The faster 5G network beats you, especially in the Western part of Switzerland scepticism. The Geneva cantonal Parliament has transferred recently a Motion for a Moratorium of 5G antennas on the territory of the Canton.

discussion of a Moratorium, there was also in the Canton of Vaud. And in the Jura, the cantonal government wants to wait for a report on the environmental impact of 5G. According to media reports, there are also in German, Swiss cantonal and communal parliaments in resistance.

"Switzerland would be suspended"

sets The Swisscom, which has bought the beginning of the year to 196 million Swiss francs 5G-frequencies, to the military. Such moratoria would slow down the Development of nature in accordance with said group CEO Urs Schaeppi on Thursday in the context of the figures presentation for the first quarter. The economy and society are dependent on "state of the art and-fast networks", otherwise, the Switzerland devices meet international ins.

in His opinion such moratoria would offend also against Federal law. Because of the concession, the award of a supply contract. "The policy must now take a stand," demanded Schaeppi. A lawsuit threat, he did not want to put in the room. He relies, rather, on the enlightenment. For the fears around 5G, although he had understanding. Switzerland had but ten-fold stricter limits than in most European countries. And this would be respected, he stressed.

Swisscom and Sunrise have taken in the last weeks of 5G networks in operation. These days, the first 5G-capable devices to come in the stores.

Switzerland-business eroded more

Switzerland's biggest telecoms group, published on Thursday in addition to its Figures for the first quarter. Sales in the pattern of the past, continued: Swisscom eroded in the main market of Switzerland (-1.9%) and is growing in Italy ( 4,5%), but where only about a fifth of the turnover generated. In total, group sales fell by 0.9 percent to 2.86 billion francs.

The decrease in Switzerland was declared with continued price pressure. Decline in the fixed-network telephony has also once more. As we know, more and more customers due to the flat-rate cell phone subscriptions to such a connection. In other areas of the business but good. So radio were in the mobile and TV business subscribers gained.

Something more profitable

Despite the decline in sales, Swisscom has become a little more profitable. The operating profit (Ebitda) increased even by 5.8 percent in the amount of -, however, primarily due to an accounting effect. But even without this, this key figure improved by 1.4 percent. And below-the-line a 1.1-percent increase in net profit of 383 million.

The increase in profitability was explained by an improved result from Fastweb (Ebitda: 6.1%) and the savings program in Switzerland. The latter should be continued as planned. It is the goal to reduce the 2019 and 2020, the cost of 100 million.

This savings program is associated with a reduction of. In the first quarter of well over 100 full-time positions were deleted in the Switzerland. Overall, the group has still a good 19'700 employees.

analysts praised this "cost control" in the first comments. In the stock market, Swisscom is listed on modified stock shortly before noon, but barely. (nag/sda)

Created: 02.05.2019, 10:16 PM

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