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BICS enables 5G data roaming between Three Austria and Sunrise


The Swiss and Austrian operators can now offer data roaming that is many times faster than 4G across their shared border.

International wholesaler and enabler, BICS, announced it has launched 5G data roaming service between Three Austria and Switzerland’s Sunrise UPC.

BICS claims this “heralds a major advancement in the roll-out of global 5G roaming within Europe”.

The service runs on BICS’ 5G global IPX network and is said to “provide secure, reliable, ultra-low latency 5G data connectivity to subscribers, with download speeds multiples times faster than 4G roaming”.

5G roaming so far

BICS was the first to launch 5G intercontinental roaming and enabled Europe’s first 5G roaming service in 2019.

It also announced the addition of borderless 5G capabilities to BICS’ SIM for Things solution earlier this year.

The BICS network said it offers the largest global reach of IPX direct destinations, facilitating speedy implementation of the next generation service.

Borderless experience

Elmar Grasser, CTO of Sunrise UPC (and a former winner of our CTO of the Year Awards) commented: “The multiple benefits of 5G are more and more important for customers also across the borders…Thanks to BICS we are offering our customers an increased borderless 5G experience.”

Simone Keglovics, Senior Head of Wholesale, Three Austria commented, “For us as an Austrian operator in the heart of Europe, excellent roaming services are an important part of our portfolio. Therefore, we are proud of our rapid rollout of 5G high speed data roaming solutions.”

Return to growth

Frederic Salmon, Chief Commercial Officer, BICS said, “By enhancing 5G inter-operator connectivity, BICS is fully supporting mobile operators in their post-COVID growth strategies through new technology rollouts.

“5G deployment is ready for a return to growth. 5G roll-outs are advancing at a faster rate than seen with previous mobile connectivity generations.

“Leveraging our unrivalled global IPX network reach, BICS can help operators harness the power of new 5G use cases across the consumer and enterprise markets, by providing borderless, next-generation connectivity for data-hungry subscribers, companies and devices.”