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Switzerland - Broadband Market Insights, Statistics and Forecasts


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Switzerland has one of Europe’s highest internet and broadband penetration rates in Europe, benefitting from excellent and effectively competitive cable and DSL platforms. DSL has overtaken cable as is the principal access technology, and the market is dominated by Swisscom’s retail offerings. UPC also offers cable broadband in most cities and towns, and its extension of 100Mb/s services since 2010 has spurred Swisscom to intensify its VDSL network rollout as well as invest more fulsomely in its national fibre network in a bid to remain competitive. To this end, Swisscom has set aside for fibre networks a significant proportion of its planned CHF8 billion infrastructure investment to 2015. Much of this has been facilitated by cooperative deals struck with regional utility companies.

In this report we present an analysis of Switzerland’s broadband market. The report profiles the main players in the DSL, cable, fibre and wireless sectors, detailing technological developments for the provision of triple-play services and providing broadband forecasts to 2020. We also examine regulatory issues surrounding municipal fibre, legislation providing for local loop unbundling, and the provision of broadband as a universal service.

Key developments:

Regulator’s measures eliminate FttH network duplication; regulator increases minimum internet speed on Swisscom’s USO; Swisscom signs its twelfth FttH network construction sharing contract, minimum broadband speeds and maximum retail prices amended; plans for one million households to be connected to FttH by 2015; Laussane to be connected with FttH by 2017; minimum broadband connection upgraded to 1Mb/s; regulator’s 2011 market report; telcos’ operating and financial data to June 2012; market developments to late 2012.

Companies covered in this report include:

Swisscom, Sunrise, Cybernet, UPC Cablecom, Hospitality Services.


1. Synopsis
2. Overview
2.1 Government strategy
2.2 Universal Service Obligation (USO)
2.3 e-Government
2.4 Broadband statistics
3. Cable modems
3.1 UPC Cablecom
4. Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
4.1 Swisscom
4.2 Sunrise
4.3 Cybernet
4.4 VDSL
4.5 Naked DSL
5. Fibre-to-the-Home (FttH) networks
5.1.1 Regulatory measures
5.1.2 Network sharing
5.1.3 Swisscom
6. Broadband Powerline (BPL)
7. Wireless broadband
7.2 Wireless LANS (WLAN)
7.2.1 WiMAX/WiFi
7.2.2 Hospitality Services
7.2.3 Swisscom Mobile
7.2.4 UPC Cablecom
7.3 Mobile broadband
7.4 Satellite
8. Forecasts – broadband subscribers – 2009 - 2012; 2020
8.1 Scenario 1 – higher broadband subscriber growth
8.2 Scenario 2 – lower broadband subscriber growth
8.3 Notes on scenario forecasts
9. Related reports
List of Tables and Charts
Table 1 – Internet household penetration by region – 2004; 2008, 2010, 2012
Table 2 – Dial-up internet subscribers – 2000 - 2012
Table 3 – Internet users and penetration rate – 1996 - 2012
Table 4 – Total broadband subscribers by type – 2000 - 2012
Table 5 – Broadband penetration by technology – 2004 - 2011
Table 6 – Broadband market share by operator – 2007 - 2010
Table 7 – Broadband lines by capacity – 2008 - 2010
Table 8 – Swisscable broadband and telephony subscribers – 2002 - 2010
Table 9 – Cable broadband lines by capacity – 2008 - 2010
Table 10 – UPC broadband offers – 2012
Table 11 – UPC financial data – 2005 - 2012
Table 12 – UPC broadband and telephony subscribers – 2007 - 2012
Table 13 – DSL accesses by main provider – 2004 - 2009
Table 14 – DSL market share by main provider – 2004 - 2009
Table 15 – DSL broadband lines by capacity – 2008 - 2010
Table 16 – Swisscom broadband subscribers – 2003 - 2012
Table 17 – Swisscom dial-up subscribers (historic) – 2003 - 2007
Table 18 – Sunrise broadband subscribers – 2005 - 2012
Table 19 – Fibre subscribers – 2007 - 2012
Table 20 – Fibre broadband lines by capacity – 2008 - 2010
Table 21 – Broadband powerline connections – 2001 - 2009
Table 22 – Mobile broadband subscribers; data transferred – 2008 - 2009
Table 23 – Broadband satellite connections – 2008 - 2009
Table 24 – Forecast fixed-line broadband subscribers – higher market growth scenario – 2009 - 2012; 2020
Table 25 – Forecast fixed-line broadband penetration – higher market growth scenario – 2009 - 2012; 2020
Table 26 – Forecast fixed-line broadband subscribers – lower market growth scenario – 2009 - 2012; 2020
Table 27 – Forecast fixed-line broadband penetration – lower market growth scenario – 2009 - 2012; 2020
Chart 1 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2002 – 2012
Chart 2 – Total broadband subscribers by type – 2000 – 2012
Chart 3 – UPC financial data – 2005 – 2012
Chart 4 – DSL market share by main provider – 2004 – 2009
Chart 5 – Swisscom ADSL subscribers – 2003 – 2012
Chart 6 – Fibre subscribers – 2007 – 2012

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