Switzerland's mobile market has undergone a number of changes in recent years, with the operator Salt (formerly Orange Switzerland) having been acquired by NJJ Capital in February 2015, and with Sunrise having been acquired by a private equity firm, CVC Capital Partners. Following an IPO in February 2016 Sunrise raised CHF2.274 billion. Shortly afterwards a 23.8% stake in Sunrise was sold to the German mobile services provider freenet. The market has also benefited from the entry of the main cableco UPC, which provides mobile voice and data services as an MVNO. As a full-service provider of quad-play bundles UPC can compete more effectively with Sunrise and Swisscom. Mobile penetration is on a par with the European average while mobile data use among consumers has increased rapidly in line with the expended reach of technologies including HSPA and LTE. Customer use of mobile data services is helping to offset declining ARPU and lower traffic in the SMS segment as consumers adopt a range of OTT messaging services. Higher data usage also encouraged Swisscom to decide to switch off its 2G infrastructure and utilise these network assets for LTE and forthcoming 5G services. This report assesses Switzerland's mobile market, presenting an analysis on the regulatory environment and a profile of the main providers. It provides data on service offerings, developments in mobile TV and other new technologies.
Sunrise sell tower portfolio for CHF500 million, announces plans to switch of 2G infrastructure by 2018; reduced MTRs kick in for 2017; Sunrise considers sale of parts of its mobile network infrastructure; Swisscom partners with Ericsson to prepare path for commercial 5G services by 2020, prepares launch of LTE-A Pro services later in 2017; Orange Switzerland rebranded as Salt; Swisscom trials three-band LTE-A offering data at up to 450Mb/s, plans to switch off its 2G network by 2020; Swisscom delivers on VoLTE and Wi-Fi calling; MNOs join to develop NFC-based payment platform; multiple band spectrum auction raises CHF996 million; Swisscom launches M2M services; UPC provides backhaul services for Salt's LTE network; report update includes the regulator's market data for 2015, telcos' operating and financial data to Q1 2017, recent market developments.
Companies mentioned in this report:
Swisscom Mobile, Salt (Orange Switzerland), Sunrise