Unbundling progress

Unbundling progress in Switzerland

TAL in CH 2018
Source: Swisscom

Unbundling of local loops allows alternative providers to offer their customers their own telecommunication services by leasing the copper subscriber lines from Swisscom and operating them themselves as far as the end customers.

After its introduction in 2007, unbundling initially led to strong stimulation of the competition on the market for DSL connections. For several years now, the number of unbundled lines has been declining: in mid-2012 there were still approximately 315,000 whereas at the end of 2018 there were less than 90,000. Fully unbundled lines (Full Access) therefore now represent less than 3% of all broadband lines in Switzerland.

On the one hand this is due to the offerings from cable network operators and the increasing use of fibre connections, which is further intensifying infrastructure competition. On the other hand, the increasing interest of customers in bundled products for telephony, internet and digital television is working against unbundling technology, since the latter does not allow high data transmission rates.

Last modification 23.05.2019

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