The term UMTS is the abbreviated form of universal mobile telecommunications systems, and denotes a certification standard for third generation radio-based communications.

The term 3G is often used synonymously with the term UMTS. This standard requires a data transfer rate of up to 384 Kbps or, with the HSPA+ extension, up to 42 Mbps.

All Swiss mobile network service providers have offered UMTS connectivity since 2004. The three Swiss UMTS networks are operated by Swisscom, Sunrise and Salt.

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