Switzerland - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses
Switzerland’s mobile market has undergone a number of changes in recent years. The operator Salt (formerly Orange Switzerland) was acquired by NJJ Capital and in mid-2018 began offering fibre-based fixed broadband and pay TV services, while the MNO Sunrise (bought by the private equity firm CVC Capital Partners) is in the process of closing down its 2G network and repurposing spectrum and physical assets for LTE use.
The market has also benefited from the entry of the main cableco UPC Switzerland as an MVNO. As a full-service provider UPC, which is planning to switch to Swisscom’s network during 2019, can compete effectively with the other key operators.
Mobile penetration is on a par with the European average while mobile data use among consumers has increased rapidly in line with the extended reach of 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 has also encouraged the MNOs to invest in 5G services. Swisscom is among the leading telcos in Europe for trialling 5G, with plans to offer commercial services in 2020.
This report assesses Switzerland’s mobile market, presenting an analysis of the regulatory environment, service offerings and emerging new technologies, and profiles of the main providers.
Sunrise launches 5G FWA service;
Salt enters the fixed-line market;
Regulator schedules multi-spectrum auction for January 2019;
Swiss MNOs using Mobile ID;
Sunrise and Swisscom to switch off 2G infrastructure;
Swisscom and Ericsson trial 10Gb/s 5G;
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 Mobile, Salt (Orange Switzerland), Sunrise
Table of Contents
Other infrastructure developments
SMS and MMS
Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
Digital dividend spectrum
Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
Mobile termination Rates (MTRs)
Major mobile operators
Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
Mobile Virtual Network Enablers (MVNEs)
Mobile content and applications
List of Tables
Table 1 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1995; 1997; 1999 – 2009
Table 2 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 – 2018
Table 3 – Mobile market revenue – 2000 – 2017
Table 4 – Historic - Mobile sector investment, UMTS and total – 1998 – 2009
Table 5 – Mobile sector investment, UMTS and total – 2010 – 2017
Table 6 – Share of subscribers by MNO – 2003 – 2017
Table 7 – Share of subscribers by MNO and MVNO – 2007 – 2017
Table 8 – Mobile network geographic coverage by technology – 2010 – 2016
Table 9 – Mobile network population coverage by technology – 2013 – 2016
Paul, May I congratulate you on a very successful and enjoyable afternoon with the Minister. In providing the roundtable discussions between government and industry, it highlighted the strong interest by stakeholders in Broadband and its implementation but it also presented us with other issues and opportunities that we need to address.