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Capital expenditure

In CHF million, except where indicated   2018   2017   Change
Fixed access and infrastructure   496   486   2.1%
Expansion of the fibre-optic network   490   469   4.5%
Mobile network   307   271   13.3%
Customer driven   77   81   –4.9%
Projects and others 1   250   347   –28.0%
Swisscom Switzerland   1,620   1,654   –2.1%
Fastweb   757   692   9.4%
Other Operating Segments   46   58   –20.7%
Group Headquarters and eliminations   (19)   (26)   –26.9%
Total capital expenditure   2,404   2,378   1.1%
Thereof Switzerland   1,645   1,678   –2.0%
Thereof foreign countries   759   700   8.4%
Total capital expenditure as % of net revenue   20.5   20.4  
1 Including All IP migration.

Capital expenditure rose year-on-year by CHF 26 million or 1.1% to CHF 2,404 million, corresponding to 20.5% of net revenue (prior year: 20.4%). Swisscom Switzerland accounted for 67% of 2018 capital expenditure, while Fastweb accounted for 32% and Other Operating Segments for 1%.

Capital expenditure incurred by Swisscom Switzerland declined year-on-year by CHF 34 million or 2.1% to CHF 1,620 million, corresponding to 18.4% of net revenue (prior year: 18.3%). Capital expenditure for the expansion of the broadband networks with the latest technologies remained at a high level, while other investments decreased.

Fastweb increased its capital expenditure by CHF 65 million or 9.4% to CHF 757 million. In local currency, it remained at the same high level as the previous year, totalling EUR 657 million. The increase of EUR 35 million or 5.6% in capital expenditure resulted from the acquisition and extension of mobile radio frequencies in the amount of EUR 64 million. Fastweb is continuing the expansion of the ultra-fast broadband networks in Italy as planned. The ratio of capital expenditure to revenue was 31.2% (prior year: 32.0%).