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Switzerland - Telecoms, IP Networks and Digital Media

Switzerland - Telecoms, IP Networks and Digital Media

Swisscom makes progress towards FttP goal for end-2015

Although not a member of the EU, Switzerland’s economic integration has meant that its telecom market deregulation has followed the EU’s liberalisation framework, including recent regulations on international roaming.

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. The DSL sector is dominated by Swisscom’s retail offerings, while 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.

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 100Mb/s services to at least 80% of the population, while LTE should provide national coverage by that date.

The mobile market has undergone a number of changes in recent years, with the Orange Switzerland being acquired by NJJ Capital in February 2015, Sunrise being acquired by a private equity firm which completed an IPO in early 2015, and with the main cableco UPC Cablecom entering the mobile market as an MVNO, thus being able to provide a quad-play bundle and so 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. The regulator has encouraged operators to share LTE infrastructure, so reducing investment costs, while all MNOs have launched commercial LTE services and have extended LTE-A technologies to increase data throughput. By early 2015 Orange had upgraded much of its LTE infrastructure to LTE-A, offering data at up to 300Mb/s. In addition, spectrum assets held by licenses have been successfully refarmed following the 2012 auction, so consolidating holdings. A further refarming exercise affecting the 2100MHz band is due in 2016.

Key developments:

Sunrise completes IPO;
regulator redefines USO minimum broadband speed at 2Mb/s;
five key telcos set up network neutrality framework;
regulator measures eliminate FttP network duplication, Swisscom expands FttP network construction sharing contracts, plans for one million households to be connected to FttP by end-2015, launches 1Gb/s service;
Laussane to be entirely connected with FttP by 2017;
Swisscom contracts Huawei for FttS network upgrade;
UPC Cablecom expands network reach by acquisitions of several municipal cablecos;
Swisscom trials three-band LTE-A offering data at up to 450Mb/s;
MNOs join to develop NFC-based payment platform;
Orange Switzerland sold by Apax Partners to NJJ Capital for CHF2.8 billion;
multiple band spectrum auction raises CHF996 million;
Swisscom launches M2M services;
UPC Cablecom provides backhaul services for Orange’s LTE network;
regulator’s 2014 market report;
telcos’ operating and financial data to Q4 2014;
recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report

Swisscom, Sunrise, UPC Cablecom, Swisscom, Sunrise, Cybernet, UPC Cablecom, Hospitality Services, Swisscom, Sunrise, Cybernet, UPC Cablecom, Hospitality Services; Swisscom trials three-band LTE-A offering data at up to 450Mb/s; MNOs join to develop NFC-based payment platform; Orange Switzerland sold by Apax Partners to NJJ Capital for CHF2.8 billion; multiple band spectrum auction raises CHF996 million; Swisscom launches M2M services; all MNOs launch LTE launch; Cablecom provides backhaul services for Orange’s LTE network; regulator’s market reports; telcos’ operating and financial data to Q4 2014; recent market developments.


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics Switzerland - 2014 (e)
    • Table Telecom revenue and investment statistics - 2013 (e)
    • Table Telephone network statistics - 2014 (e)
    • Table Internet user statistics - 2015 (e)
    • Table Broadband statistics - 2014 (e)
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2014 (e)
    • Table National telecommunications authorities
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • OVERVIEW OF SWITZERLAND'S TELECOM MARKET
      • Table CS, CPS and VoIP connections - 2000 - 2013
      • Table Telecom sector revenue, profit and investment - 2000 - 2014
      • Table Telecom revenue by sector - 1998 - 2014
      • Table Telecom investment by sector - 1998 - 2014
    • GOVERNMENT ICT STRATEGY
      • eGovernment
      • eEconomy
      • eHealth
      • Economic stimulus
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • HISTORY
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITIES
    • TELECOM SECTOR LIBERALISATION IN SWITZERLAND
    • PRIVATISATION OF SWISSCOM
    • INTERCONNECT
      • Table Interconnection revenue - 2000 - 2010
    • LEASED LINES
    • ACCESS
      • Table Unbundled lines - 2007 - 2014
      • Bitstream access
    • NUMBER PORTABILITY (NP)
    • CARRIER PRESELECTION (CPS)
      • Table CPS as proportion of total lines - 1999 - 2012
    • UNIVERSAL SERVICEOBLIGATION (USO)
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • MARKET OVERVIEW
      • Table Fixed-line revenue - 2000 - 2014
      • Table Fixed-line voice traffic - 2000 - 2014
    • SWISSCOM
      • Table Swisscom Group net revenue, EBITDA and net income - 2004 - 2014
      • Table Swisscom (Switzerland) financial data by sector - 2007 - 2014
      • Table Swisscom fixed-voice, mobile, IPTV subscribers - 2008 - 2013
      • Table Swisscom retail and wholesale broadband subscribers - 2008 - 2014
      • Company reorganisation
    • SUNRISE
      • Table Sunrise financial data (historic DKK) - 2006 - 2010
      • Table Sunrise revenue by type (historic DKK) - 2006 - 2010
      • Table Sunrise revenue by service (CHF) - 2009 - 2014
      • Table Sunrise subscribers by sector - 2005 - 2014
    • UPC CABLECOM
      • Table UPC financial data - 2007 - 2014
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Fixed lines in service, teledensity and traffic in minutes - 1997; 1999 - 2015
      • Table ISDN subscribers - 1999 - 2010
  • BROADBAND MARKET
    • OVERVIEW
      • Government strategy
      • Universal Service Obligation (USO)
      • Network Neutrality
      • e-Government
      • Broadband statistics
        • Table Dial-up internet subscribers - 2000 - 2014
        • Table Historic - Internet users and penetration rate - 1996 - 2004
        • Table Internet users and penetration rate - 2005 - 2015
        • Table Total broadband subscribers by type - 2000 - 2015
        • Table Broadband penetration by technology - 2004 - 2013
        • Table Broadband market share by operator - 2007 - 2010
        • Table Broadband market share by platform (cable, DSL) - 2003 - 2014
        • Table Broadband lines by capacity - 2008 - 2010
        • Table Proportion of broadband lines by capacity - 2012
    • CABLE MODEMS
      • Table Cable broadband subscribers - 2005 - 2015
      • Table Swisscable broadband and telephony subscribers - 2003 - 2013
      • Table Cable broadband lines by capacity - 2008 - 2010
      • UPC Cablecom
        • Table UPC broadband offers - 2015
        • Table UPC financial data - 2005 - 2014
        • Table UPC broadband and telephony subscribers - 2007 - 2014
    • ASYMMETRICAL DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (ADSL)
      • Table DSL accesses by main provider (historic) - 2004 - 2009
      • Table DSL market share by main provider - 2004 - 2014
      • Table DSL broadband lines by capacity - 2008 - 2010
      • Table DSL subscribers - 2005 - 2015
      • Swisscom
        • Table Swisscom broadband subscribers - 2003 - 2014
        • Table Swisscom dial-up subscribers (historic) - 2003 - 2007
      • Sunrise
        • Table Sunrise broadband subscribers - 2005 - 2014
      • Cybernet
      • VDSL
      • Naked DSL
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISES (FTTP) NETWORKS
      • Table Fibre subscribers - 2007 - 2015
      • Table Fibre broadband lines by capacity - 2008 - 2010
    • BROADBAND POWERLINE (BPL)
      • Table Broadband powerline connections - 2001 - 2009
    • WIRELESS BROADBAND
      • Wireless LANS (WLAN)
      • Mobile broadband
        • Table Mobile broadband subscribers; data transferred - 2008 - 2009
      • Satellite
        • Table Broadband satellite connections - 2008 - 2009
    • FORECASTS - BROADBAND SUBSCRIBERS - 2013; 2015; 2020
      • higher broadband subscriber growth
        • Table Fixed-line broadband subscribers - higher market growth scenario - 2013;2015; 2020
      • lower broadband subscriber growth
        • Table Forecast fixed-line broadband subscribers - lower market growth scenario - 2009 - 2012; 2020
  • DIGITAL MEDIA
    • OVERVIEW
      • Key general trends
      • Business models
        • Table Subscribers by bundled service - 2007 - 2011
      • Regulatory issues
        • Table VoIP subscribers - 2004 - 2014
      • Digital TV (DTV)
        • Table Swisscom IPTV subscribers - 2006 - 2014
        • Table Sunrise IPTV subscribers - 2013 - 2014
        • Table Cable TV subscribers and penetration rate - 2002 - 2014
        • Table Swisscable cable TV subscribers by type - 2003 - 2012
        • Table Swisscable cable TV, broadband and telephony subscribers - 2003 - 2013
        • Table UPC operational data: subscriber statistics - 2008 - 2014
        • Table Satellite services revenue - 2007 - 2014
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • OVERVIEW OF SWITZERLAND'S MOBILE MARKET
      • Mobile statistics
        • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2004
        • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2005 - 2015
        • Table Mobile revenue - 2000 - 2014
        • Table Mobile sector investment, UMTS and total - 1998 - 2011
        • Table Mobile voice traffic - 2000 - 2014
      • Mobile market shares
        • Table Share of subscribers by MNO - 2005 - 2014
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
        • Table Mobile spectrum auction - 2012
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
        • Table Mobile numbers ported - 2000 - 2012
      • Fixed-to-mobile call charges
        • Table Mobile termination charges by operator - 2006; 2009 - 2011
      • Roaming
        • Table European roaming charges - 2007 - 2014
    • MOBILE TECHNOLOGIES
      • Digital
      • Third Generation (3G) mobile
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Swisscom Mobile
        • Table Swisscom Mobile blended ARPU - 2006 - 2014
        • Table Swisscom Mobile retail revenue - 2003 - 2014
        • Table Swisscom Mobile subscribers - 2006 - 2014
      • Sunrise
        • Table Sunrise subscribers - 2004 - 2014
        • Table Sunrise revenue and annual change (DKK) - 2006 - 2010
        • Table Sunrise mobile revenue (CHF) - 2009 - 2014
        • Table Sunrise subscribers ARPU - 2011 - 2014
      • Orange
        • Table Orange mobile subscribers - 2000 - 2014
        • Table Historic - Orange mobile revenue (€), annual change - 2005 - 2011
        • Table Orange financial data (CHF) - 2010 - 2014
        • Table Orange ARPU - 2006 - 2011
        • Table Orange mobile data as percentage of revenue (historic) - 2003 - 2011
      • Failed merger of Orange - Sunrise
      • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
      • Mobile Virtual Network Enablers (MVNEs)
    • MOBILE VOICE SERVICES
      • Prepaid cards
        • Table Historic - Prepaid subscribers and market share - 1998 - 2004
        • Table Prepaid subscribers and market share - 2005 - 2014
        • Table Swisscom mobile retail contract and prepaid subscribers - 2006 - 2014
        • Table Swisscom Mobile prepaid share of subscribers - 1998 - 2014
    • MOBILE MESSAGING
      • Short Message Service (SMS)
        • Table Swisscom Mobile sent SMS and MMS - 2007 - 2014
        • Table SMS traffic and annual change - 2002 - 2014
        • Table Average price of SMS - 2009 - 2010
      • Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
        • Table MMS traffic and annual change - 2003 - 2014
    • MOBILE DATA SERVICES
      • Table Mobile internet subscribers by technology - 2009 - 2011
      • Table Mobile data volume (historic) - 2008 - 2011
      • Table Average price per MB sent (historic) - 2009 - 2010
      • General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
      • High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA)
      • High-Speed Circuit Switched Data (HSCSD)
      • Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution (EDGE)
      • Long-term Evolution (LTE)
      • Mobile TV
      • M2M services
    • MOBILE APPLICATIONS
      • Mobile music
      • Location-based services
      • Mobile ticketing
      • Mobile commerce
      • Train network
    • FORECASTS
      • Forecasts - mobile ARPU - 2009 - 2015
        • Table Forecast mobile ARPU - 2009 - 2015

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