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Net­work expansion and dismantling

Bandwidth re­quire­ments in the Swiss fixed and mobile tele­phone networks are growing all the time. We therefore invest around CHF 1.6 bil­lion in IT and in­fra­struc­ture in Switzer­land every year in order to maintain our high level of service provision. This is the highest investment of any provider in Switzer­land. By doing this, we make a substantial contribution to one of the best IT and telecoms in­fra­struc­tures worldwide. In the EU Commission’s annual study “Broad­band Coverage in Europe”, Switzer­land ranked second behind the densely populated island state of Malta in the 2019 reporting year for high Bandwidth con­nec­tions exceeding 100 Mbps.

Good mobile and fixed network coverage is key to a successful Switzer­land. In the most recent in­ter­na­tional comparison of broad­band coverage, Switzer­land was out­stand­ing. Almost every Swiss person already benefits from ultra-fast broad­band networks.

Switzer­land’s coverage is excellent compared with that of other European countries. In terms of high bandwidth con­nec­tions exceeding 100 Mbps, Switzer­land ranks among the top countries with coverage of just under 99% of all homes (EU average: 68.4%). Switzer­land is therefore clearly exceeding the objectives of the EU’s “Digital Agenda for Europe 2020”.

For fibre-optic coverage (FTTP) too, with 40.9% of households connected, Switzer­land is above the EU average of 33.5%. Its better coverage of rural areas, by European comparison, is striking: according to the study “Broad­band Coverage in Europe 2019”, around 94% of rural Switzer­land can surf with bandwidths of at least 30 Mbps. This is considerably more than in the EU. Less than 60% of rural areas in the EU even receive 30 Mbps. This leading position is a con­se­quence of strong in­fra­struc­ture competition and the resulting high level of investment in the Swiss broad­band in­fra­struc­ture. 

We plan to modernise the fixed network in all Swiss municipalities by 2021, covering 90% of homes and offices through­out Switzer­land with ultra-fast broad­band (at least 80 Mbps). By 2025, fibre-optic coverage (FTTH) should nearly double compared with 2019. This means that 50 to 60% of all homes and offices will have a bandwidth of up to 10 Gbps in future. At the same time, we will continue to modernise the existing network in the coming years, giving 30 to 40% of homes and offices access to a bandwidth of 300 to 500 Mbps.