Switzerland - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

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.

The major market players have invested in technology upgrades, with the result that the country has among the fastest data rates available in Europe. UPC has concentrated on upgrades to the DOCSIS3.1 standard while Swisscom is focussed on a multi-technology mix incorporating VDSL, FttP and G.fast.

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.

This report presents an analysis of Switzerland’s fixed-line telecom market, including an assessment of network infrastructure. It also 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.

Key developments:

  • Federal Council adopts changes to Telecommunications Act;
  • Swisscom deploys LoRa networks;
  • Regulator redefines USO minimum broadband speed;
  • Swisscom has USO licence renewed to 2022;
  • Progress in switch to an all-IP architecture;
  • 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, UPC Switzerland.

Table of Contents

  • Key statistics

  • Country overview

  • Telecommunications market

    • Market analysis
    • Government ICT strategy
  • Regulatory environment

    • Historical overview
    • Regulatory authorities
    • Telecom sector liberalisation
    • Privatisation
    • Interconnect
    • Leased lines
    • Access
      • Bitstream access
    • Number Portability (NP)
    • Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
    • Universal Service Obligation (USO)
  • Fixed network operators

    • Overview of the national telecom network
    • Swisscom
    • Sunrise
    • UPC Switzerland
    • Swiss Digital
  • Telecommunications infrastructure

    • National telecom network
    • LoRa network
    • VoIP
    • Smart infrastructure
      • Smart cities
  • Digital economy

    • e-government
    • e-economy
    • e-health
  • Related reports


List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities – Switzerland – 2018 (e)
  • Table 2 – Telecom sector revenue, profit and investment –1998 – 2017
  • Table 3 – Telecom revenue by sector – 1998 – 2017
  • Table 4 – Telecom investment by sector – 1998 – 2017
  • Table 5 – Interconnection revenue – 2000 – 2017
  • Table 6 – Fully unbundled lines – 2007 – 2018
  • Table 7 – Fully partially unbundled lines – 2009 – 2016
  • Table 8 – Annual fixed numbers ported – 2007 – 2017
  • Table 9 – Call by Call and CPS lines – 1999 – 2017
  • Table 10 – Market share of fixed lines by major operator – 2007 – 2016
  • Table 11 – Fixed-network revenue – 2000 – 2017
  • Table 12 – Swisscom Group net revenue, EBITDA and net income – 2004 – 2018
  • Table 13 – Swisscom (Switzerland) financial data by sector – 2007 – 2018
  • Table 14 – Swisscom fixed-voice, mobile, IPTV subscribers – 2008 – 2018
  • Table 15 – Swisscom retail and wholesale broadband subscribers – 2008 – 2018
  • Table 16 – Sunrise financial data (historic DKK) – 2006 – 2010
  • Table 17 – Sunrise revenue by type (historic DKK) – 2006 – 2010
  • Table 18 – Sunrise revenue by service (CHF) – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 19 –Sunrise subscribers by sector – 2005 – 2018
  • Table 20 – UPC subscribers by type – 2016 – 2018
  • Table 21 – UPC financial data – 2007 – 2018
  • Table 22 – Swiss Digital subscribers by service – 2003 – 2018
  • Table 23 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1997; 1999 – 2009
  • Table 24 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 25 – PSTN lines in service – 2007 – 2016
  • Table 26 – Fixed line traffic – 2002 – 2017
  • Table 27 – ISDN subscribers – 1999 – 2016
  • Table 28 – VoIP connections – 2004 – 2017

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Telecom sector revenue, profit and investment – 1998 – 2017
  • Chart 2 – Telecom revenue by sector – 1998 – 2017
  • Chart 3 – Swisscom Group net revenue, EBITDA and net income – 2004 – 2018
  • Chart 4 – Swisscom (Switzerland) financial data by sector – 2007 – 2018
  • Chart 5 – Swisscom fixed-voice, mobile, IPTV subscribers – 2008 – 2018
  • Chart 6 – Sunrise revenue by service (CHF) – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 7 –Sunrise subscribers by sector – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 8 – UPC financial data – 2007 – 2018
  • Chart 9 – Swiss Digital subscribers by service – 2003 – 2018
  • Chart 10 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2005 – 2018

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 – Access and the local loop

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Number of pages 72

Status Current

Last updated 17 Dec 2018
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Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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