Fibre connections in Switzerland

Percentage of fibre connections in total fixed broadband

OECD FTTH 2017-2019

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.

A stately number of countries - including larger ones - are significantly further ahead in developing this future technology.

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,, GGA Maur, Salt, Sunrise and VTX) the possibility of sourcing uniform FTTH products nationwide via a common platform for resale.

As far as subscriptions are concerned, we note that the number of fibre-optic connections (FTTH/B) is growing less rapidly than in previous years. With around four million connections, the broadband market is almost saturated. Growth in the fibre segment is primarily the result of DSL and CATV subscribers migrating to fibre-optic technology, with considerable number of users switching to fibre contracts in previous years. This trend has now declined somewhat. At the end of 2019, around 850,000 or just over 21% of all broadband subscribers in Switzerland were using a fibre-optic connection. Switzerland is therefore still somewhat behind by international standards, as the fibre penetration rate in the OECD countries had reached 27% at the end of 2019.

Last modification 28.10.2020

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