Switzerland - Digital Economy and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

Switzerland has a mature digital media market, with the country having switched from analogue to digital TV transmission and so enabling digital dividend spectrum to be used for other services including mobile broadband. Swisscom has ramped up its fibre rollout plans, providing fibre-based broadband services to about a third of the population thus far. The company’s investment strategy will see it deliver faster broadband services via fibre and G.fast technologies nationally within the next few years, supplemented by LTE infrastructure and DSL bonded with LTE.

Complementary cable networks are dominated by UPC, which has upgraded most of its infrastructure to provide a 500Mb/s services. Together, these networks enable a growing number of consumers to access bundled services. With its continuing migration from copper infrastructure to fibre, Swisscom planned to switch all fixed-voice traffic to VoIP by 2018. Under the terms of Swisscom’s revised universal service obligations, which come into effect in mid-2017, the analogue and digital ISDN connections will be replaced with IP.

This report presents an analysis of Switzerland’s digital and terrestrial TV markets, as well as an overview of developments in digital media services.

Key developments:

UPC expands the reach of its 500Mb/s cable broadband service; e-government Strategic Plan 2017 – 2019 adopted; Sunrise launches Sunrise TV service, updates IPTV functionality; UPC expands network reach by acquisitions of several municipal cablecos; regulator’s market report updates, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q4 2016, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Swisscom, Sunrise, Cybernet, UPC.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Digital economy
    • 2.1 e-government
    • 2.2 e-economy
    • 2.3 e-health
  • 3. Digital media
    • 3.1 Key general trends
    • 3.2 Business models
      • 3.2.1 Bundled services
    • 3.3 Regulatory issues
    • 3.4 Digital TV (DTV)
      • 3.4.1 Overview
      • 3.4.2 Videostreaming
      • 3.4.3 Cable TV
      • 3.4.4 Satellite
      • 3.4.5 Free-to-Air (FTA) TV
      • 3.4.6 Digital Terrestrial TV
      • 3.4.7 Interactive TV (iTV)
  • 4. Communications: VoIP
  • 5. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Double play subscribers by service – 2007 - 2015
  • Table 2 – Triple/quintuple play subscribers by service – 2007 - 2015
  • Table 3 – Digital TV subscribers and market share by operator – 2015
  • Table 4 – Swisscom IPTV subscribers – 2006 - 2016
  • Table 5 – Sunrise IPTV subscribers – 2013 - 2016
  • Table 6 – Cable TV subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 - 2016
  • Table 7 – Swiss Digital TV subscribers – 2003 - 2016
  • Table 8 – UPC operational data: subscriber statistics – 2008 - 2016
  • Table 9 – VoIP connections – 2004 - 2016
  • Chart 1 – Cable TV subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 – 2017
  • Chart 2 – UPC operational data: subscriber statistics – 2008 – 2016
  • Exhibit 1 – Overview of digital media convergence

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Last updated 21 Feb 2017
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Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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