Unbundling progress

Unbundling progress in Switzerland

Number of subscriber unbundled lines
Source: Swisscom

Unbundling local loops allows alternative providers to offer their customers their own telecommunications 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 a stimulation of competition in the market for DSL connections. There has been a decline in the number of unbundled lines for some years now: a peak was reached in mid-2012 with approximately 315,000 (just under 10% of all broadband lines), but only 70,000 remained by the end of 2019. Fully unbundled (full access) lines therefore now represent less than 2% 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-optic connections, which is further intensify infrastructure competition, while on the other, 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 transfer rates.

Last modification 03.06.2020

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