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.
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.