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Switzerland - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Switzerland - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Switzerland’s MNOs prepare for early 2019 spectrum auction

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.

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.

The country benefits from universal DSL infrastructure and an expansive cable broadband network, with effective cross-platform competition. The DSL sector commands about two-thirds of the market by subscribers. UPC Switzerland offers broadband in most cities and towns, and its extension of 500Mb/s services has helped spur Swisscom to intensify its VDSL, G.fast and FttP network rollouts in a bid to remain competitive. Swisscom’s planned infrastructure investment over the coming years has been facilitated by cooperative deals struck with regional utility companies.

There has been a focus on ‘ultra-fast’ broadband, defined as a service of at least 100Mb/s. To this end the government is promoting technologies based on fibre, LTE, DOCSIS3.1 and 5G. By 2020 fixed-line networks are expected to deliver at least 100Mb/s to 85% of the population, while services based on 5G should be available from the MNOs. The extension of mobile broadband services from Swisscom and Sunrise is being supported by the operators closing down 2G infrastructure and repurposing spectrum and physical assets for LTE and, in future, 5G use. The mobile market has also benefited from the entry of the main cableco UPC Switzerland as an MVNO. As a full-service provider UPC Switzerland can compete effectively with the other key operators.

This report presents an analysis of Switzerland’s fixed-line telecom market, including an assessment of network infrastructure. It 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. The report also assesses the mobile market, analysing the regulatory environment, service offerings and emerging new technologies, and providing profiles of the main operators. In addition the report reviews the fixed and fixed-wireless broadband segments, including subscriber forecasts, technological developments and the migration to a fibre-abased infrastructure.

Key developments:

Salt enters the fixed-line market;
OFCOM consults on the use of a range of spectrum to be released from 2019;
Swiss MNOs using Mobile ID;
Sunrise and Swisscom to switch off 2G infrastructure;
Swisscom and Ericsson trial 10Gb/s 5G;
Swisscom reaches half-way point in CHF1.6 billion national ‘superfast’ broadband program;
Regulator measures eliminate FttP network duplication, increases minimum internet speed on Swisscom’s USO;
Swisscom contracts Huawei for FttS network upgrade
UPC Switzerland providing backhaul services for Salt’s LTE network;
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, Salt (Orange Switzerland), Sunrise, UPC Switzerland, Swiss Digital


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities – Switzerland – 2018 (e)
    • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table Telecom sector revenue, profit and investment –1998 - 2017
      • Table Telecom revenue by sector – 1998 - 2017
      • Table Telecom investment by sector – 1998 - 2017
    • GOVERNMENT ICT STRATEGY
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITIES
    • TELECOM SECTOR LIBERALISATION
    • PRIVATISATION
    • INTERCONNECT
      • Table Interconnection revenue – 2000 - 2017
    • LEASED LINES
    • ACCESS
      • Table Fully unbundled lines – 2007 - 2018
      • Table Fully partially unbundled lines – 2009 - 2016
      • Bitstream access
    • NUMBER PORTABILITY (NP)
      • Table Annual fixed numbers ported – 2007 - 2017
    • CARRIER PRESELECTION (CPS)
      • Table Call by Call and CPS lines – 1999 - 2017
    • UNIVERSAL SERVICE OBLIGATION (USO)
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • OVERVIEW OF THE NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Market share of fixed lines by major operator – 2007 - 2016
      • Table Fixed-network revenue – 2000 - 2017
    • SWISSCOM
      • Table Swisscom Group net revenue, EBITDA and net income – 2004 - 2018
      • Table Swisscom (Switzerland) financial data by sector – 2007 - 2018
      • Table Swisscom fixed-voice, mobile, IPTV subscribers – 2008 - 2018
      • Table Swisscom retail and wholesale broadband subscribers – 2008 - 2018
    • 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 - 2018
      • Table Sunrise subscribers by sector – 2005 – 2018
    • UPC SWITZERLAND
      • Table UPC subscribers by type – 2016 - 2018
      • Table UPC financial data – 2007 - 2018
    • SWISS DIGITAL
      • Table Swiss Digital subscribers by service – 2003 - 2018
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1997; 1999 - 2009
      • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2010 - 2018
      • Table PSTN lines in service – 2007 - 2016
      • Table Fixed line traffic – 2002 - 2017
      • Table ISDN subscribers – 1999 - 2016
    • LORA NETWORK
    • VOIP
      • Table VoIP connections – 2004 - 2017
    • 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 - 2018
        • Table Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration – 2000 - 2018
        • Table Fixed-line broadband market share by platform (cable, DSL) –2003 - 2017
        • Table DSL market share by operator – 2006 - 2016
        • Table Fixed-line broadband market share by operator – 2008 - 2017
        • Table Broadband penetration by technology – 2004 - 2017
        • Table Broadband availability by technology – 2016
        • Table Broadband connections by data rate – 2008 - 2017
        • Table Proportion of broadband connections by data rate – 2008 - 2017
      • Forecasts – broadband subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
        • Table Forecast fixed-line broadband subscribers–– 2019; 2021; 2023
    • HYBRID FIBRE COAX (HFC) NETWORKS
      • Table Cable broadband subscribers – 2000 - 2018
      • Table Swiss Digital broadband and telephony subscribers – 2003 - 2018
      • UPC Switzerland
        • Table UPC Switzerland financial data – 2005 - 2018
        • Table UPC Switzerland broadband and telephony subscribers – 2007 - 2018
    • DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (DSL) NETWORKS
      • Table DSL accesses – 2000 - 2018
      • Table DSL/fibre accesses by main provider – 2004 - 2016
      • Table DSL/fibre market share by main provider – 2004 - 2016
      • Swisscom
        • Table Swisscom broadband subscribers – 2003 - 2018
      • Sunrise
        • Table Sunrise broadband subscribers – 2005 - 2018
      • Cybernet
      • Salt
      • VDSL
        • Table VDSL accesses – 2008 - 2018
      • Naked DSL
      • G.fast
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISES (FTTP) NETWORKS
      • Table Fibre subscribers – 2003 - 2016
      • Regulatory measures
      • Network sharing
    • OTHER FIXED BROADBAND SERVICES
      • Broadband Powerline (BPL)
        • Table BPL broadband subscribers – 2008 - 2016
      • Fixed wireless
        • Table Wi-Fi hotspots in service – 2008 - 2016
        • Table WiMAX broadband subscribers – 2012 - 2017
      • Satellite
  • DIGITAL ECONOMY
    • E-GOVERNMENT
    • E-ECONOMY
    • E-HEALTH
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • General statistics
        • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2009
        • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
        • Table Mobile market revenue – 2000 - 2017
        • Table Historic - Mobile sector investment, UMTS and total – 1998 - 2009
        • Table Mobile sector investment, UMTS and total – 2010 - 2017
        • Table Share of subscribers by MNO – 2003 - 2017
        • Table Share of subscribers by MNO and MVNO – 2007 - 2017
        • Table Mobile network geographic coverage by technology – 2010 - 2016
        • Table Mobile network population coverage by technology – 2013 - 2016
        • Table Historic - Prepaid subscribers and market share – 1998 - 2009
        • Table Prepaid subscribers and market share – 2010 - 2017
        • Table Swisscom mobile contract and prepaid subscribers – 2006 - 2018
        • Table Swisscom Mobile prepaid share of subscribers – 1998 - 2018
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • 5G
      • 4G (LTE)
      • 3G
        • Table 3G mobile subscribers – 2010 - 2017
      • 2G
      • Other infrastructure developments
        • Table M2M connections – 2014 - 2016
    • MOBILE VOICE
    • MOBILE DATA
      • SMS and MMS
        • Table Swisscom Mobile SMS and MMS traffic – 2007 - 2014
        • Table SMS traffic – 2002 - 2018
        • Table MMS traffic – 2003 - 2018
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
      • Table Mobile internet subscribers by technology – 2009 - 2017
      • Table Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 - 2018
      • Table Mobile data traffic – 2008 - 2018
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
        • Table Mobile spectrum auction – 2012
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
        • Table Mobile numbers ported – 2000 - 2017
      • 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
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Swisscom Mobile
        • Table Swisscom Mobile blended ARPU – 2006 - 2018
        • Table Swisscom Mobile retail revenue – 2003 - 2018
        • Table Swisscom Mobile subscribers – 2006 - 2018
      • Sunrise
        • Table Sunrise subscribers – 2004 - 2018
        • Table Historic - Sunrise revenue and annual change (DKK) –2006 - 2010
        • Table Sunrise mobile revenue (CHF) –2009 - 2018
        • Table Sunrise mobile revenue by quarter (CHF) –2012 - 2018
        • Table Sunrise subscribers ARPU – 2011 - 2018
      • Salt Mobile
        • Table Salt mobile subscribers – 2000 - 2018
        • 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)
        • Table UPC Switzerland mobile subscribers – 2016 - 2018
      • Mobile Virtual Network Enablers (MVNEs)
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • m-Music
      • Location-based services
      • m-ticketing
      • m-commerce

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