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Switzerland - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses

Switzerland - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses

Switzerland has a sophisticated telecom sector and enjoys the highest broadband penetration rate in the OECD. Its competitive mobile market is served by three network operators and a small number of MVNOs while the broadband market is dominated by Swisscom and UPC Switzerland, though there are a large number of smaller players in the market, many providing services to local communities. UPC has gained scale in recent years by acquiring a number of its partner networks. Both of the major players have invested in technology upgrades, with the result that the country has among the fastest data rates available in Europe. UPC has concentrated on upgrades to the DOCSIS3.1 standard while Swisscom is focussed on a multi-technology mix incorporating VDSL, FttP and G.fast.

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 an analysis of Switzerland's fixed-line telecom market, including an assessment of network infrastructure. It also examines the regulatory environment, noting the status of local loop unbundling as well as the provision of broadband as a universal service. In addition the report evaluates the strategies and performance of major service providers including Swisscom, UPC Switzerland and Sunrise.

Key developments:

Federal Council adopts changes to Telecommunications Act; Swisscom deploys LoRa networks; regulator redefines USO minimum broadband speed at 3Mb/s; Swisscom has USO licence renewed to 2022; progress in switch to an all-IP architecture; report update includes the regulator's market data for 2016, telcos' operating and financial data to Q2 2017, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Swisscom, Sunrise, UPC Switzerland.


1. Synopsis
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Market analysis
4.2 Government ICT strategy
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Historical overview
5.2 Regulatory authorities
5.3 Telecom sector liberalisation
5.4 Privatisation
5.5 Interconnect
5.6 Leased lines
5.7 Access
5.7.1 Bitstream access
5.8 Number Portability (NP)
5.9 Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
5.10 Universal Service Obligation (USO)
6. Fixed network operators
6.1 Overview of the national telecom network
6.2 Swisscom
6.3 Sunrise
6.4 UPC Switzerland
6.5 Swiss Digital
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 National telecom network
7.2 LoRa network
7.3 VoIP
8. Smart infrastructure
8.1 Smart cities
9. Digital economy
9.1 e-government
9.2 e-economy
9.3 e-health
10. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics Switzerland 2017 (e)
Table 2 Telecom revenue and investment statistics 2015
Table 3 Telephone network statistics 2017 (e)
Table 4 Internet user statistics 2017 (e)
Table 5 Broadband statistics 2017 (e)
Table 6 Mobile statistics 2017 (e)
Table 7 National telecommunications authorities
Table 8 Telecom sector revenue, profit and investment 2000 - 2015
Table 9 Telecom revenue by sector 1998 - 2015
Table 10 Telecom investment by sector 1998 - 2015
Table 11 Interconnection revenue 2000 - 2015
Table 12 Unbundled lines 2007 - 2016
Table 13 Annual fixed numbers ported 2007 - 2016
Table 14 Call by Call and CPS lines 1999 - 2016
Table 15 Market share of fixed lines by major operator 2000 - 2015
Table 16 Fixed-line revenue 2000 - 2016
Table 17 Swisscom Group net revenue, EBITDA and net income 2004 - 2017
Table 18 Swisscom (Switzerland) financial data by sector 2007 - 2017
Table 19 Swisscom fixed-voice, mobile, IPTV subscribers 2008 - 2017
Table 20 Swisscom retail and wholesale broadband subscribers 2008 - 2017
Table 21 Sunrise financial data (historic DKK) 2006 - 2010
Table 22 Sunrise revenue by type (historic DKK) 2006 - 2010
Table 23 Sunrise revenue by service (CHF) 2009 - 2017
Table 24 Sunrise subscribers by sector 2005 - 2017
Table 25 UPC financial data 2007 - 2017
Table 26 Swiss Digital subscribers by service 2003 - 2016
Table 27 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1997; 1999 - 2009
Table 28 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 - 2018
Table 29 Fixed line traffic 2002 - 2017
Table 30 ISDN subscribers 1999 - 2015
Table 31 VoIP connections 2004 - 2016
Chart 1 Telecom sector revenue, profit and investment 2000 2015
Chart 2 Swisscom Group net revenue, EBITDA and net income 2004 2017
Chart 3 Swisscom (Switzerland) financial data by sector 2007 2017
Chart 4 Sunrise revenue by service (CHF) 2009 2017
Chart 5 Sunrise subscribers by sector 2005 2017
Chart 6 UPC financial data 2007 2017
Chart 7 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 2018
Exhibit 1 Access and the local loop

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