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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 one of the highest broadband penetration rates within the European Union and among the OECD nations. 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, while Sunrise in mid-2018 became a full service provider adding fibre-based broadband and pay-TV services to its exiting mobile voice and data offers.

The major market 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;
Swisscom has USO licence renewed to 2022;
Progress in switch to an all-IP architecture;
Report update includes the regulator's market data for 2017, telcos' operating and financial data to Q3 2018, 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 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities Switzerland 2018 (e)
Table 2 Telecom sector revenue, profit and investment 1998 - 2017
Table 3 Telecom revenue by sector 1998 - 2017
Table 4 Telecom investment by sector 1998 - 2017
Table 5 Interconnection revenue 2000 - 2017
Table 6 Fully unbundled lines 2007 - 2018
Table 7 Fully partially unbundled lines 2009 - 2016
Table 8 Annual fixed numbers ported 2007 - 2017
Table 9 Call by Call and CPS lines 1999 - 2017
Table 10 Market share of fixed lines by major operator 2007 - 2016
Table 11 Fixed-network revenue 2000 - 2017
Table 12 Swisscom Group net revenue, EBITDA and net income 2004 - 2018
Table 13 Swisscom (Switzerland) financial data by sector 2007 - 2018
Table 14 Swisscom fixed-voice, mobile, IPTV subscribers 2008 - 2018
Table 15 Swisscom retail and wholesale broadband subscribers 2008 - 2018
Table 16 Sunrise financial data (historic DKK) 2006 - 2010
Table 17 Sunrise revenue by type (historic DKK) 2006 - 2010
Table 18 Sunrise revenue by service (CHF) 2009 - 2018
Table 19 Sunrise subscribers by sector 2005 - 2018
Table 20 UPC subscribers by type 2016 - 2018
Table 21 UPC financial data 2007 - 2018
Table 22 Swiss Digital subscribers by service 2003 - 2018
Table 23 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1997; 1999 - 2009
Table 24 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 - 2018
Table 25 PSTN lines in service 2007 - 2016
Table 26 Fixed line traffic 2002 - 2017
Table 27 ISDN subscribers 1999 - 2016
Table 28 VoIP connections 2004 - 2017
Chart 1 Telecom sector revenue, profit and investment 1998 2017
Chart 2 Telecom revenue by sector 1998 2017
Chart 3 Swisscom Group net revenue, EBITDA and net income 2004 2018
Chart 4 Swisscom (Switzerland) financial data by sector 2007 2018
Chart 5 Swisscom fixed-voice, mobile, IPTV subscribers 2008 2018
Chart 6 Sunrise revenue by service (CHF) 2009 2018
Chart 7 Sunrise subscribers by sector 2005 2018
Chart 8 UPC financial data 2007 2018
Chart 9 Swiss Digital subscribers by service 2003 2018
Chart 10 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 2018
Exhibit 1 Access and the local loop

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