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Switzerland - Key Statistics, Telecom Market and Regulatory Overviews


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Switzerland enjoys one of the highest broadband penetration rates in the OECD and a competitive mobile market served by a triopoly of international players. The country's mountainous topography helped to establish a number of cable networks, though in recent years DSL has become the preferred means for accessing broadband and triple-play services. These platforms have been supplemented by a rapidly emerging fibre-optic sector, spearheaded by Swisscom and a number of regional utility companies.

Although not a member of the EU, the country's economic integration has meant that its telecom market deregulation has followed the EU's liberalisation framework, including the recent regulations on international voice roaming. This report presents a statistical profile of Switzerland's fixed network in 2011. It assesses the regulatory environment, noting the status of local loop unbundling, legislated in early 2007, as well as the provision of broadband as a universal service. It also evaluates the strategies and performance of major service providers Swisscom, UPC and Sunrise, and looks ahead to market developments in coming years.

Key developments:

Regulator redefines wholesale access prices based on fibre not copper; Swisscom takes over Telecom Liechtenstein; regulator's 2012 market report; telcos' operating and financial data to Q1 2013; market developments to mid-2013.

Companies covered in this report include:

Swisscom, Sunrise, UPC Cablecom.


1. Synopsis
2. Key statistics
3. Telecommunications market
3.1 Overview of Switzerland's telecom market
3.2 Government ICT strategy
3.2.1 eGovernment
3.2.2 eEconomy
3.2.3 eHealth
3.2.4 Economic stimulus
4. Regulatory environment
4.1 History
4.2 Regulatory authorities
4.3 Telecom sector liberalisation in Switzerland
4.4 Privatisation of Swisscom
4.5 Interconnect
4.6 Leased lines
4.7 Access
4.7.1 Bitstream access
4.8 Number Portability (NP)
4.9 Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
4.10 Universal Service Obligation (USO)
5. Fixed network operators in Switzerland
5.1 Market overview
5.2 Swisscom
5.2.1 Company reorganisation
5.3 Sunrise
5.4 UPC Cablecom
6. Telecommunications infrastructure
6.1 National telecom network
7. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics Switzerland 2012 (e)
Table 2 Telecom revenue and investment statistics 2010
Table 3 Telephone network statistics 2012 (e)
Table 4 Internet user statistics 2012
Table 5 Broadband statistics 2013 (Mar)
Table 6 Mobile statistics 2013 (Mar)
Table 7 National telecommunications authorities
Table 8 CS, CPS and VoIP connections 2000 - 2013
Table 9 Telecom sector revenue, profit and investment 2000 - 2013
Table 10 Telecom revenue by sector 1998 - 2013
Table 11 Telecom investment by sector 1998 - 2013
Table 12 Interconnection revenue 2000 - 2010
Table 13 Unbundled lines 2007 - 2013
Table 14 CPS as proportion of total lines 1999 - 2012
Table 15 Fixed-line revenue 2000 - 2013
Table 16 Fixed-line voice traffic 2000 - 2013
Table 17 Swisscom Group net revenue, EBITDA and net income 2004 - 2013
Table 18 Swisscom (Switzerland) financial data by sector 2007 - 2013
Table 19 Swisscom fixed-voice, mobile, IPTV subscribers 2008 - 2013
Table 20 Swisscom retail and wholesale broadband subscribers 2008 - 2013
Table 21 Sunrise financial data (historic DKK) 2006 - 2010
Table 22 Sunrise revenue by type (historic DKK) 2006 - 2010
Table 23 Sunrise revenue (CHF) 2009 - 2013
Table 24 Sunrise subscribers by sector 2005 - 2013
Table 25 UPC financial data 2007 - 2013
Table 26 Fixed lines in service, teledensity and traffic in minutes 1997; 1999 - 2013
Table 27 ISDN subscribers 1999 - 2010
Chart 1 CS, CPS and VoIP connections 2000 - 2013
Chart 2 Telecom sector revenue, profit and investment 2000 2013
Chart 3 Swisscom Group net revenue, EBITDA and net income 2004 2013
Chart 4 Swisscom (Switzerland) financial data by sector 2007 2013
Chart 5 Sunrise revenue (CHF) 2009 2013
Chart 6 Sunrise subscribers by sector 2005 2013
Chart 7 UPC financial data 2007 2013
Exhibit 1 Access and the local loop

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