Fiber optics Technology of the future

Surfing at the speed of light, video conferences and digital television in HD quality: the new fiber optic technology provides significantly higher bandwidths for homes and offices. Waiting for downloads to finish is now a thing of the past. Sunrise is offering the new technology at an increasing number of locations in Switzerland.

High resolution TV, video streaming and surfing the internet: if all of these activities take place at the same time in one household, traditional copper lines soon reach their limits. This is why the future belongs to fiber optics, according to Fabrice Allegro, Sunrise's Executive Director Marketing. In comparison with traditional copper networks, fiber optics increases bandwidth significantly and enables data transmission rates of up to 1GB/s for downloads and uploads.

Already available in numerous regions

As the largest private telecommunications provider in Switzerland, Sunrise offers its customers a comprehensive range of fiber optic services. For this purpose, Sunrise works with Swiss Fibre Net, a consortium of local power utility companies. The Sunrise fiber optic network is currently available in the cities of Basel, Bern, Geneva, Lucerne, Winterthur, Zurich and in the cantons of Fribourg, St. Gallen and the sub-cantons of Appenzell.

As the name indicates, fiber optic technology consists of optical (or glass) fibers. The width of these fibers is roughly equivalent to that of a human hair. In contrast to traditional telephone cables made of copper, the data is sent along a fiber optic cable not electrically but as pulses of light. The transmitter uses a laser to shine light into the fiber optic cable and the signal is sent at the speed of light to the receiver. Once received, the light impulses are converted back into electrical signals. This means that users really are surfing at the speed of light.



Sunrise Home – the transparent and flexible offer for homes – is of course also available via fiber optic technology. Sunrise Home includes a modern digital TV portfolio with Sunrise TV. Thanks to the ComeBack TV function, Sunrise TV programs are available up to seven days after they were initially broadcast.

What's more, Sunrise TV also has a new "On demand" product for the Swiss market, in which Sunrise TV customers can watch the most popular US series directly after they have been broadcast for the first time in the USA. Just

48 hours after the first broadcast, Sunrise TV offers in collaboration with HollyStar II the latest episodes of the most popular sitcoms, crime, drama and mystery series.

The original English versions are shown with German and usually also French subtitles, and customers can purchase each individual episode separately. One episode in high definition costs CHF 3.40. The customer purchases this episode, which is then saved on their TV box so that they can watch it as often as they like.

The offer already includes more than 20 of the most popular and successful TV series, including 24 (season nine), Modern Family (season six), The Big Bang Theory (season eight), Homeland (season four), Grey's Anatomy (season 11) and Arrow (season three). The offer is being expanded continually.


Author: sunrise

Sunrise is the largest private telecommunications provider in Switzerland, that covers the full range of telecommunications: Mobile, landline network, Internet and digital TV. Sunrise focuses on its customers' needs and satisfaction to delight them with innovative products and services.

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