Switzerland - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

Switzerland has Europe’s highest broadband penetration rate by a comfortable margin. 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. UPC Switzerland also offers cable 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. Smaller cablecos such as Quicklime have launched services based on the DOCSIS3.1 standard, while UPC Switzerland has also invested in the technology.

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. Separately, the Federal Council in September 2017 passed a draft revision of the Telecommunications Act, aimed at addressing consumer concerns, and promoting 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 to concentrate on G-fast to deliver fast broadband to 2020;
  • Key telcos call for revision of draft amendments to the Telecommunications Act;
  • Regulator measures eliminate FttP network duplication, increases minimum internet speed on Swisscom’s USO;
  • Swisscom signs its twelfth FttP network construction sharing contract, launches 1Gb/s service;
  • UPC extends footprint reach with third-party network agreements;
  • Laussane connected with FttP;
  • Swisscom contracts Huawei for FttS network upgrade;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market data for 2017, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q1 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 – 2018; 2020; 2022
      • 2.4.1 Notes on scenario forecasts
  • 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 VDSL
    • 4.5 Naked DSL
    • 4.6 G.fast
  • 5. Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
    • 5.1.1 Regulatory measures
    • 5.1.2 Network sharing
    • 6. Other fixed broadband services
      • 6.2 Broadband Powerline (BPL)
      • 6.3 Fixed wireless
        • 6.3.1 WiMAX/Wi-Fi
      • 6.4 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 – Cable and DSL broadband subscribers – 2000 - 2018
    • Table 5 – Cable and DSL broadband subscribers – 2003 - 2018
    • Table 6 – Fixed-line broadband market share by platform (cable, DSL) – 2003 - 2016
    • Table 7 – DSL market share by operator – 2006 - 2016
    • Table 8 – Fixed-line broadband market share by operator – 2008 - 2016
    • Table 9 – Broadband penetration by technology – 2004 - 2017
    • Table 10 – Broadband availability by technology – 2016
    • Table 11 – Forecast fixed-line broadband subscribers –– 2018; 2020; 2022
    • Table 12 – Cable broadband subscribers – 2005 - 2018
    • Table 13 – Swiss Digital broadband and telephony subscribers – 2003 - 2016
    • Table 14 – UPC Switzerland financial data – 2005 - 2018
    • Table 15 – UPC Switzerland broadband and telephony subscribers – 2007 - 2018
    • Table 16 – DSL/fibre accesses by main provider – 2004 - 2018
    • Table 17 – DSL/fibre accesses by main provider – 2004 - 2016
    • Table 18 – DSL/fibre market share by main provider – 2004 - 2016
    • Table 19 – Swisscom broadband subscribers – 2003 - 2018
    • Table 20 – Sunrise broadband subscribers – 2005 - 2018
    • Table 21 – Fibre subscribers – 2003 - 2016
    • Chart 1 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2005 – 2018
    • Chart 2 – Total DSL, cable, fibre broadband subscribers – 2007 – 2018
    • Chart 4 – UPC Switzerland financial data – 2005 – 2018
    • Chart 5 – UPC Switzerland broadband and telephony subscribers – 2007 – 2018
    • Chart 6 – DSL/fibre accesses by main provider (historic) – 2004 – 2016
    • Chart 7 – DSL market share by main provider – 2004 – 2016
    • Chart 8 – Swisscom broadband subscribers – 2003 – 2018
    • Chart 9 – Fibre subscribers – 2003 – 2016

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    Last updated 5 Jul 2018
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    Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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