Fibre connections in Switzerland

Percentage of fibre connections in total fixed broadband

OECD FTTH 2015-2018
Source: OCDE

In terms of broadband provision on the fixed network, Switzerland has for some years occupied a leading position compared with other countries.  With regard to the development of ultra-broadband (100 Mbit/s and more), Switzerland is, however, not a world leader. Nonetheless, considerable sums are still being invested in network expansion.

Over several years, within a framework of co-operation between Swisscom and local utility providers, FTTH networks have been constructed in numerous cities and regions. In other locations, individual political municipalities are going it alone with investment in FTTH. In addition to cooperation, Swisscom is also currently working alone on investments to modernise the fixed network in many locations. Numerous CATV operators also have constantly invested in fibre expansion. And Since 2013 Swiss Fibre Net (SFN), a network consortium consisting of numerous utility providers which have constructed local fibre networks, offers service providers who do not have their own access network (e.g. Init7, 1tv, iWay.ch, GGA Maur, Salt, Sunrise and VTX) the possibility of sourcing uniform FTTH products nationwide via a common platform for resale.

At the end of 2018, it is estimated that 930,000 or just over 20% of broadband users in Switzerland used a fibre connection. This figure is below the average fibre penetration rate in the OECD countries (25%), but is slightly above the figure for the European Union (16%). However, the switch to fibre contracts in Switzerland is progressing briskly: according to OECD data, their number grew between June 2017 and June 2018 by approximately 42%.

Last modification 12.06.2019

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