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Switzerland - Broadband Market Insights, Statistics and Forecasts

Switzerland - Broadband Market Insights, Statistics and Forecasts

Switzerland has Europe's highest broadband penetration rate. The country benefits from universal DSL infrastructure and an expansive cable broadband network, with effective cross-platform competition. DSL has overtaken cable as is the principal access technology, while the DSL market itself is dominated by Swisscom's retail offerings. UPC Cablecom also offers cable broadband in most cities and towns, and its extension of 250Mb/s services since 2014 has spurred Swisscom to intensify its VDSL and FttP network rollouts 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.

There has been a government focus on broadband deployment of ultra-fast' broadband, or that defined as at least 100Mb/s. This depends on the growing footprint of fibre, LTE and DOCSIS technologies. By the 2020, DOCSIS and fibre are expected to deliver at least 100Mb/s to 80% of the population, while LTE should cover 100% by that date.

This report presents an analysis of Switzerland's broadband market, including profiles of the main players in the DSL, cable, fibre and wireless sectors. It details technological developments, provides broadband forecasts to 2020, and examines regulatory issues related to municipal fibre, local loop unbundling, and the provision of broadband as a universal service.

Key developments:

Five key telcos set up network neutrality framework; regulator measures eliminate FttP network duplication, increases minimum internet speed on Swisscom's USO; Swisscom signs its twelfth FttP network construction sharing contract, plans for one million households to be connected to FttP by 2015, launches 1Gb/s service; Laussane to be connected with FttP by 2017; Swisscom contracts Huawei for FttS network upgrade; regulator's 2014 market report; telcos' operating and financial data to Q4 2014; recent market developments.

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 Network Neutrality
2.4 e-Government
2.5 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-Premises (FttP) networks
5.1.1 Regulatory measures
5.1.2 Network sharing
5.1.3 Swisscom
5.1.4 Other developments
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 2013; 2015; 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
Table 1 Dial-up internet subscribers 2000 - 2014
Table 2 Historic - Internet users and penetration rate 1996 - 2004
Table 3 Internet users and penetration rate 2005 - 2015
Table 4 Total broadband subscribers by type 2000 - 2015
Table 5 Broadband penetration by technology 2004 - 2013
Table 6 Broadband market share by operator 2007 - 2010
Table 7 Broadband market share by platform (cable, DSL) 2003 - 2014
Table 8 Broadband lines by capacity 2008 2010
Table 9 Proportion of broadband lines by capacity 2012
Table 10 Cable broadband subscribers 2005 - 2015
Table 11 Swisscable broadband and telephony subscribers 2003 - 2013
Table 12 Cable broadband lines by capacity 2008 - 2010
Table 13 UPC broadband offers 2015
Table 14 UPC financial data 2005 - 2014
Table 15 UPC broadband and telephony subscribers 2007 - 2014
Table 16 DSL accesses by main provider (historic) 2004 - 2009
Table 17 DSL market share by main provider 2004 - 2014
Table 18 DSL broadband lines by capacity 2008 - 2010
Table 19 DSL subscribers 2005 - 2015
Table 20 Swisscom broadband subscribers 2003 - 2014
Table 21 Swisscom dial-up subscribers (historic) 2003 - 2007
Table 22 Sunrise broadband subscribers 2005 - 2014
Table 23 Fibre subscribers 2007 - 2015
Table 24 Fibre broadband lines by capacity 2008 - 2010
Table 25 Broadband powerline connections 2001 - 2009
Table 26 Mobile broadband subscribers; data transferred 2008 - 2009
Table 27 Broadband satellite connections 2008 - 2009
Table 28 Fixed-line broadband subscribers higher market growth scenario 2013;2015; 2020
Table 29 Forecast fixed-line broadband subscribers lower market growth scenario 2009 - 2012; 2020
Chart 1 Internet users and penetration rate 2005 2015
Chart 2 Total broadband subscribers by type 2000 2015
Chart 3 Broadband market share by platform (cable, DSL) 2003 2014
Chart 4 UPC financial data 2005 2014
Chart 5 DSL market share by main provider 2004 2014
Chart 6 Swisscom broadband subscribers 2003 2014
Chart 7 Fibre subscribers 2007 2015

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