Switzerland - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

Along with the Scandinavian countries, Switzerland has secured one of the highest broadband penetration rates in Europe. The country benefits from universal DSL infrastructure and an expansive cable broadband network, with effective cross-platform competition. The DSL sector, dominated by Swisscom, has about two-thirds of the market by subscribers. The dominant cable broadband provider 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. UPC Switzerland as well as smaller cablecos such as Quicklime have launched services based on the DOCSIS3.1 standard. In March 2018 the telco Salt, which already operated in the mobile segment, launched a fibre-based broadband and pay TV service to about a third of premises at a price markedly lower than competitors.

Swisscom has set aside for fibre networks a significant proportion of its planned infrastructure investment over the coming years, and its program has been facilitated by cooperative deals struck with regional utility companies. Amendments to the Telecommunications Act approved in September 2017 were aimed at addressing a number of consumer concerns and introducing measures to promote competition and deregulation.

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 Swisscom Mobile.

This report presents an analysis of Switzerland’s broadband market, including profiles of the main players in the DSL, cable, fibre and wireless sectors. It details technological developments, provides broadband forecasts, and examines regulatory issues related to municipal fibre, local loop unbundling, and the provision of broadband as a universal service.

Key developments:

  • Swisscom reaches half-way point in CHF1.6 billion national ‘superfast’ broadband program;
  • Key telcos call for revision of draft amendments to the Telecommunications Act;
  • Regulator measures eliminate FttP network duplication, increase minimum internet speed on Swisscom’s USO;
  • Swisscom signs more FttP network construction sharing contract, launches 1Gb/s service;
  • UPC Switzerland extends footprint reach with third-party network agreements;
  • Swisscom contracts Huawei for FttS network upgrade;
  • 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, Cybernet, UPC Switzerland.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Introduction and statistical overview
    • 2.1 Market analysis
    • 2.2 Network Neutrality
    • 2.3 Broadband statistics
    • 2.4 Forecasts – broadband subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
  • 3. Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
    • 3.1 UPC Switzerland
  • 4. Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
    • 4.1 Swisscom
    • 4.2 Sunrise
    • 4.3 Cybernet
    • 4.4 Salt
    • 4.5 VDSL
    • 4.6 Naked DSL
    • 4.7 G.fast
  • 5. Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
    • 5.1 Regulatory measures
    • 5.2 Network sharing
  • 6. Other fixed broadband services
    • 6.1 Broadband Powerline (BPL)
    • 6.2 Fixed wireless
      • 6.2.1 WiMAX/Wi-Fi
    • 6.3 Satellite
  • 7. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Dial-up internet subscribers – 2000 - 2015
  • Table 2 – Historic - Internet users and penetration rate – 1996 - 2009
  • Table 3 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 4 – Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration – 2000 - 2018
  • Table 5 – Fixed-line broadband market share by platform (cable, DSL) – 2003 - 2017
  • Table 6 – DSL market share by operator – 2006 - 2016
  • Table 7 – Fixed-line broadband market share by operator – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 8 – Broadband penetration by technology – 2004 - 2017
  • Table 9 – Broadband availability by technology – 2016
  • Table 10 – Broadband connections by data rate – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 11 – Proportion of broadband connections by data rate – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 12 – Forecast fixed-line broadband subscribers –– 2019; 2021; 2023
  • Table 13 – Cable broadband subscribers – 2000 - 2018
  • Table 14 – Swiss Digital broadband and telephony subscribers – 2003 - 2018
  • Table 15 – UPC Switzerland financial data – 2005 - 2018
  • Table 16 – UPC Switzerland broadband and telephony subscribers – 2007 - 2018
  • Table 17 – DSL accesses – 2000 - 2018
  • Table 18 – DSL/fibre accesses by main provider – 2004 - 2016
  • Table 19 – DSL/fibre market share by main provider – 2004 - 2016
  • Table 20 – Swisscom broadband subscribers – 2003 - 2018
  • Table 21 – Sunrise broadband subscribers – 2005 - 2018
  • Table 22 – VDSL accesses – 2008 - 2018
  • Table 23 – Fibre subscribers – 2003 - 2016
  • Table 24 – BPL broadband subscribers – 2008 - 2016
  • Table 25 – Wi-Fi hotspots in service – 2008 - 2016
  • Table 26 – WiMAX broadband subscribers – 2012 - 2017
  • Chart 1 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 2 – Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration – 2000 – 2018
  • Chart 3 – Broadband market share by platform (cable, DSL) – 2003 – 2017
  • Chart 4 – Fixed-line broadband market share by operator – 2008 – 2017
  • Chart 5 – Proportion of broadband connections by data rate – 2008 – 2017
  • Chart 6 – Swiss Digital broadband and telephony subscribers – 2003 – 2018
  • Chart 7 – UPC Switzerland financial data – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 8 – UPC Switzerland broadband and telephony subscribers – 2007 – 2018
  • Chart 9 – DSL/fibre accesses by main provider (historic) – 2004 – 2016
  • Chart 10 – DSL market share by main provider – 2004 – 2016
  • Chart 11 – Swisscom broadband subscribers – 2003 – 2018
  • Chart 12 – Fibre subscribers – 2003 – 2016

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Last updated 17 Dec 2018
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Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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