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Switzerland - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses


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Switzerland - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses

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:

Swisscom to concentrate on G-fast to deliver fast broadband to 2020; 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, launches 1Gb/s service; Laussane to be connected with FttP by 2017; Swisscom contracts Huawei for FttS network upgrade; report update includes the regulator's market report; telcos' operating and financial data to Q2 2016, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

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


1. Synopsis
2. Introduction and statistical overview
2.1 Market analysis
2.2 Universal Service Obligation (USO)
2.3 Network Neutrality
2.4 Broadband statistics
2.5 Forecasts broadband subscribers 2016; 2018; 2021
2.5.1 Notes on scenario forecasts
3. Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
3.1 UPC Cablecom
4. Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
4.1 Swisscom
4.2 Sunrise
4.3 Cybernet
4.4 VDSL
4.5 Naked DSL
4.6 G.fast
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. Other fixed broadband services
6.2 Broadband Powerline (BPL)
6.3 Fixed wireless (WiFi and WiMAX)
6.3.1 WiMAX/WiFi
6.3.2 Hospitality Services
6.4 Satellite
7. Related reports
Table 1 Dial-up internet subscribers 2000 - 2010
Table 2 Historic - Internet users and penetration rate 1996 - 2009
Table 3 Internet users and penetration rate 2010 - 2015
Table 4 Total broadband subscribers by type 2000 - 2016
Table 5 Fixed-line broadband market share by platform (cable, DSL) 2003 - 2015
Table 6 Fixed-line broadband market share by operator 2006 - 2015
Table 7 Broadband penetration by technology 2004 - 2015
Table 8 Broadband market share by operator 2007 - 2010
Table 9 Broadband market share by platform (cable, DSL) 2003 - 2014
Table 10 Broadband lines by capacity 2008 2010
Table 11 Proportion of broadband lines by capacity 2012
Table 12 Fixed-line broadband subscribers higher market growth scenario 2013;2015; 2020
Table 13 Forecast fixed-line broadband subscribers lower market growth scenario 2009 - 2012; 2020
Table 14 Cable broadband subscribers 2005 - 2015
Table 15 Swiss Digital broadband and telephony subscribers 2003 - 2016
Table 16 Cable broadband lines by capacity 2008 - 2010
Table 17 UPC financial data 2005 - 2016
Table 18 UPC broadband and telephony subscribers 2007 - 2016
Table 19 DSL accesses by main provider (historic) 2004 - 2014
Table 20 DSL market share by main provider 2004 - 2014
Table 21 DSL broadband lines by capacity 2008 - 2010
Table 22 DSL subscribers 2005 - 2015
Table 23 Swisscom broadband subscribers 2003 - 2016
Table 24 Swisscom dial-up subscribers (historic) 2003 - 2007
Table 25 Sunrise broadband subscribers 2005 - 2016
Table 26 Fibre subscribers 2007 - 2015
Table 27 Fibre broadband lines by capacity 2008 - 2010
Table 28 Broadband powerline connections 2001 - 2009
Table 29 Broadband satellite connections 2008 - 2009
Chart 1 Internet users and penetration rate 2005 2017
Chart 2 Total broadband subscribers by type 2000 2016
Chart 3 Broadband market share by platform (cable, DSL) 2003 2016
Chart 4 Broadband market share by platform (cable, DSL) 2003 2014
Chart 5 UPC financial data 2005 2016
Chart 6 DSL market share by main provider 2004 2014
Chart 7 Swisscom broadband subscribers 2003 2016
Chart 8 Fibre subscribers 2007 2015

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