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Switzerland - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Switzerland - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Switzerland improves broadband speeds under new universal service obligations

Switzerland has a sophisticated telecom sector and enjoys one of the highest broadband penetration rates 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 the main cableco UPC, 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.

The 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 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.

In the broadband sector there is effective cross-platform competition. The DSL market is dominated by Swisscom’s retail offerings, while UPC offers cable broadband in most cities and towns. Its extension of 500Mb/s services helped spur Swisscom to intensify its own VDSL, G.fast and FttP network rollouts in a bid to remain competitive.

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 technologies based on fibre, LTE and the new DOCSIS3.1 standard. By 2020 fixed-line networks are expected to deliver at least 100Mb/s to 85% of the population, while LTE should cover 100% by that date.

This report presents a statistical profile of Switzerland’s telecom market. It assesses the regulatory environment, noting the status of local loop unbundling, as well as recent developments in the universal service obligation. It also evaluates the strategies and performance of major service providers Swisscom, UPC and Sunrise, and looks ahead to market developments in coming years. The report in addition analyses the broadband market, including profiles of the main players in the DSL, cable, fibre and wireless sectors. It details technological developments, provides broadband forecasts to 2021, and examines regulatory issues related to municipal fibre, local loop unbundling, and the provision of broadband as a universal service. This report also assesses the mobile market, presenting an analysis on the regulatory environment, profiles of the main providers and updates on developments with emerging technologies including 5G.

Key developments:

Swisscom expands LoRa networks;
Regulator redefines USO minimum broadband speed at 3Mb/s; Swisscom has USO licence renewed to 2022;
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;
Swisscom planning to switch off its 2G network by 2020;
Regulator measures eliminate FttP network duplication;
Swisscom to concentrate on G-fast to deliver fast broadband to 2020;
Laussane to be connected with FttP by end-2017; Swisscom contracts Huawei for FttS network upgrade;
UPC expands the reach of its 500Mb/s cable broadband service;
E-government Strategic Plan 2017 – 2019 adopted;
Report update includes the regulator’s market data, telcos’ financial and operating data to Q4 2016, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Swisscom, Sunrise, UPC, Swisscom Mobile, Salt (Orange Switzerland), Cybernet


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics Switzerland - 2016 (e)
    • Table Telecom revenue and investment statistics - 2015
    • Table Telephone network statistics - 2016 (e)
    • Table Internet user statistics - 2016 (e)
    • Table Broadband statistics - 2016 (e)
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2016 (e)
    • Table National telecommunications authorities
    • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table Telecom sector revenue, profit and investment - 2000 - 2015
      • Table Telecom revenue by sector - 1998 - 2015
      • Table Telecom investment by sector - 1998 - 2015
    • GOVERNMENT ICT STRATEGY
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITIES
    • TELECOM SECTOR LIBERALISATION
    • PRIVATISATION
    • INTERCONNECT
      • Table Interconnection revenue - 2000 - 2015
    • LEASED LINES
    • ACCESS
      • Table Unbundled lines - 2007 - 2015
      • Bitstream access
    • NUMBER PORTABILITY (NP)
      • Table Annual fixed numbers ported - 2007 - 2014
    • CARRIER PRESELECTION (CPS)
      • Table Call by Call and CPS lines - 1999 - 2015
    • UNIVERSAL SERVICE OBLIGATION (USO)
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • OVERVIEW OF THE NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Market share of fixed lines by major operator - 2000 - 2015
      • Table Fixed-line revenue - 2000 - 2016
    • SWISSCOM
      • Table Swisscom Group net revenue, EBITDA and net income - 2004 - 2016
      • Table Swisscom (Switzerland) financial data by sector - 2007 - 2016
      • Table Swisscom fixed-voice, mobile, IPTV subscribers - 2008 - 2016
      • Table Swisscom retail and wholesale broadband subscribers - 2008 - 2016
      • 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 - 2016
      • Table Sunrise subscribers by sector - 2005 - 2016
    • UPC
      • Table UPC financial data - 2007 - 2016
    • SWISS DIGITAL
      • Table Swiss Digital subscribers by service - 2003 - 2016
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1997; 1999 - 2009
      • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2010 - 2017
      • Table Fixed line traffic - 2002 - 2017
      • Table ISDN subscribers - 1999 - 2015
    • LORA NETWORK
    • SMART INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Smart cities
  • BROADBAND MARKET
    • INTRODUCTION AND STATISTICAL OVERVIEW
      • Market analysis
      • Network Neutrality
      • Broadband statistics
        • Table Dial-up internet subscribers - 2000 - 2015
        • Table Historic - Internet users and penetration rate - 1996 - 2009
        • Table Internet users and penetration rate - 2010 - 2017
        • Table Cable and DSL broadband subscribers - 2000 - 2016
        • Table Fixed-line broadband market share by platform (cable, DSL) - 2003 - 2015
        • Table DSL market share by operator - 2006 - 2015
        • Table Fixed-line broadband market share by operator - 2008 - 2014
        • Table Broadband penetration by technology - 2004 - 2015
      • Forecasts - broadband subscribers - 2016; 2018; 2021
        • Table Forecast fixed-line broadband subscribers -- 2016; 2018; 2021
    • HYBRID FIBRE COAX (HFC) NETWORKS
      • Table Cable broadband subscribers - 2005 - 2016
      • Table Swiss Digital broadband and telephony subscribers - 2003 - 2016
      • UPC
        • Table UPC financial data - 2005 - 2016
        • Table UPC broadband and telephony subscribers - 2007 - 2016
    • DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (DSL) NETWORKS
      • Table DSL/fibre accesses by main provider - 2004 - 2015
      • Table DSL/fibre market share by main provider - 2004 - 2015
      • Swisscom
        • Table Swisscom broadband subscribers - 2003 - 2016
      • Sunrise
        • Table Sunrise broadband subscribers - 2005 - 2016
      • Cybernet
      • VDSL
      • Naked DSL
      • G.fast
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISES (FTTP) NETWORKS
      • Table Fibre subscribers - 2007 - 2016
    • OTHER FIXED BROADBAND SERVICES
      • Broadband Powerline (BPL)
      • Fixed wireless
      • Satellite
  • DIGITAL MEDIA
    • KEY GENERAL TRENDS
    • BUSINESS MODELS
      • Bundled services
        • Table Double play subscribers by service - 2007 - 2015
        • Table Triple/quintuple play subscribers by service - 2007 - 2015
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
    • DIGITAL TV (DTV)
      • Overview
        • Table Digital TV subscribers and market share by operator - 2015
      • Videostreaming
        • Table Swisscom IPTV subscribers - 2006 - 2016
        • Table Sunrise IPTV subscribers - 2013 - 2016
      • Cable TV
        • Table Cable TV subscribers and penetration rate - 2002 - 2016
        • Table Swiss Digital TV subscribers - 2003 - 2016
        • Table UPC operational data: subscriber statistics - 2008 - 2016
      • Satellite
      • Free-to-Air (FTA) TV
      • Digital Terrestrial TV
      • Interactive TV (iTV)
    • COMMUNICATIONS: VOIP
      • Table VoIP connections - 2004 - 2016
  • DIGITAL ECONOMY
    • E-GOVERNMENT
    • E-ECONOMY
    • E-HEALTH
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • General statistics
        • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2009
        • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2010 - 2017
        • Table Mobile market revenue - 2000 - 2015
        • Table Historic - Mobile sector investment, UMTS and total - 1998 - 2011
        • Table Share of subscribers by MNO - 2003 - 2015
        • Table Mobile network coverage by technology - 2010 - 2016
        • Table Historic - Prepaid subscribers and market share - 1998 - 2009
        • Table Prepaid subscribers and market share - 2010 - 2017
        • Table Swisscom mobile retail contract and prepaid subscribers - 2006 - 2016
        • Table Swisscom Mobile prepaid share of subscribers - 1998 - 2016
    • MOBILE VOICE
    • MOBILE DATA
      • SMS and MMS
        • Table Swisscom Mobile SMS and MMS traffic - 2007 - 2014
        • Table SMS traffic - 2002 - 2015
        • Table MMS traffic - 2003 - 2015
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
      • Table Mobile internet subscribers by technology - 2009 - 2015
      • Table Mobile data volume (historic) - 2008 - 2015
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
        • Table Mobile spectrum auction - 2012
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
        • Table Mobile numbers ported - 2000 - 2015
      • Mobile termination Rates (MTRs)
        • Table Mobile termination charges by operator - 2006; 2009 - 2011
        • Table Mobile termination charges by operator - 2016 - 2019
      • Roaming
        • Table European roaming charges - 2007 - 2016
        • Table European data roaming charges - 2014 - 2017
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Digital networks
        • Table 3G mobile subscribers - 2010 - 2015
      • Other infrastructure developments
      • M2M networks
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Swisscom Mobile
        • Table Swisscom Mobile blended ARPU - 2006 - 2014
        • Table Swisscom Mobile retail revenue - 2003 - 2016
        • Table Swisscom Mobile subscribers - 2006 - 2016
      • Sunrise
        • Table Sunrise subscribers - 2004 - 2016
        • Table Historic - Sunrise revenue and annual change (DKK) - 2006 - 2010
        • Table Sunrise mobile revenue (CHF) - 2009 - 2016
        • Table Sunrise subscribers ARPU - 2011 - 2016
      • Salt (Orange)
        • Table Salt mobile subscribers - 2000 - 2016
        • Table Historic - Salt mobile revenue (€), annual change - 2005 - 2011
        • Table Salt financial data (CHF) - 2010 - 2014
        • Table Salt ARPU - 2006 - 2011
        • Table Salt mobile data as percentage of revenue (historic) - 2003 - 2011
      • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
      • Mobile Virtual Network Enablers (MVNEs)
      • Mobile content and applications

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