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Switzerland - Telecoms, IP Networks and Digital Media

  • February 2015
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  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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  • 90 pages

Swisscom makes progress towards FttP goal for end-2015
Although not a member of the EU, Switzerland's economic integration has meant that its telecom market deregulation has followed the EU's liberalisation framework, including recent regulations on international roaming.
Switzerland has Europe's highest broadband penetration rate. The country benefits from universal DSL infrastructure and an expansive cable broadband network, with effective cross-platform competition. The DSL sector is dominated by Swisscom's retail offerings, while UPC Cablecom also offers cable broadband in most cities and towns, and its extension of 250Mb/s services since 2014 has spurred Swisscom to intensify its VDSL and FttP network rollouts in a bid to remain competitive. To this end, Swisscom has set aside for fibre networks a significant proportion of its planned CHF8 billion infrastructure investment to 2015.

There has been a government focus on broadband deployment of ‘ultra-fast' broadband, or that defined as at least 100Mb/s. This depends on the growing footprint of fibre, LTE and DOCSIS technologies. By the 2020, DOCSIS and fibre are expected to deliver 100Mb/s services to at least 80% of the population, while LTE should provide national coverage by that date.
The mobile market has undergone a number of changes in recent years, with the Orange Switzerland being acquired by NJJ Capital in February 2015, Sunrise being acquired by a private equity firm which completed an IPO in early 2015, and with the main cableco UPC Cablecom entering the mobile market as an MVNO, thus being able to provide a quad-play bundle and so compete more effectively with Sunrise and Swisscom. Mobile penetration is on a par with the European average while mobile data use among consumers has increased rapidly in line with the expended reach of technologies including HSPA and LTE. Customer use of mobile data services is helping to offset declining ARPU and lower traffic in the SMS segment as consumers adopt a range of OTT messaging services.

The regulator has encouraged operators to share LTE infrastructure, so reducing investment costs, while all MNOs have launched commercial LTE services and have extended LTE-A technologies to increase data throughput. By early 2015 Orange had upgraded much of its LTE infrastructure to LTE-A, offering data at up to 300Mb/s. In addition, spectrum assets held by licenses have been successfully refarmed following the 2012 auction, so consolidating holdings. A further refarming exercise affecting the 2100MHz band is due in 2016.

Key developments:

Sunrise completes IPO;
regulator redefines USO minimum broadband speed at 2Mb/s;
five key telcos set up network neutrality framework;
regulator measures eliminate FttP network duplication, Swisscom expands FttP network construction sharing contracts, plans for one million households to be connected to FttP by end-2015, launches 1Gb/s service;
Laussane to be entirely connected with FttP by 2017;
Swisscom contracts Huawei for FttS network upgrade;
UPC Cablecom expands network reach by acquisitions of several municipal cablecos;
Swisscom trials three-band LTE-A offering data at up to 450Mb/s;
MNOs join to develop NFC-based payment platform;
Orange Switzerland sold by Apax Partners to NJJ Capital for CHF2.8 billion;
multiple band spectrum auction raises CHF996 million;
Swisscom launches M2M services;
UPC Cablecom provides backhaul services for Orange's LTE network;
regulator's 2014 market report;
telcos' operating and financial data to Q4 2014;
recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report

Swisscom, Sunrise, UPC Cablecom, Swisscom, Sunrise, Cybernet, UPC Cablecom, Hospitality Services, Swisscom, Sunrise, Cybernet, UPC Cablecom, Hospitality Services; Swisscom trials three-band LTE-A offering data at up to 450Mb/s; MNOs join to develop NFC-based payment platform; Orange Switzerland sold by Apax Partners to NJJ Capital for CHF2.8 billion; multiple band spectrum auction raises CHF996 million; Swisscom launches M2M services; all MNOs launch LTE launch; Cablecom provides backhaul services for Orange's LTE network; regulator's market reports; telcos' operating and financial data to Q4 2014; recent market developments.

Table Of Contents

Switzerland - Telecoms, IP Networks and Digital Media
1. Key Statistics
2. Telecommunications Market
2.1 Overview of Switzerland's telecom market
2.2 Government ICT strategy
2.2.1 eGovernment
2.2.2 eEconomy
2.2.3 eHealth
2.2.4 Economic stimulus
3. Regulatory Environment
3.1 History
3.2 Regulatory authorities
3.3 Telecom sector liberalisation in Switzerland
3.4 Privatisation of Swisscom
3.5 Interconnect
3.6 Leased lines
3.7 Access
3.7.1 Bitstream access
3.8 Number Portability (NP)
3.9 Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
3.10 Universal Service Obligation (USO)
4. Fixed Network Operators
4.1 Market overview
4.2 Swisscom
4.2.1 Company reorganisation
4.3 Sunrise
4.4 UPC Cablecom
5. Telecommunications Infrastructure
5.1 National telecom network
6. Broadband Market
6.1 Overview
6.1.1 Government strategy
6.1.2 Universal Service Obligation (USO)
6.1.3 Network Neutrality
6.1.4 e-Government
6.1.5 Broadband statistics
6.2 Cable modems
6.2.1 UPC Cablecom
6.3 Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
6.3.1 Swisscom
6.3.2 Sunrise
6.3.3 Cybernet
6.3.4 VDSL
6.3.5 Naked DSL
6.4 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
6.5 Broadband Powerline (BPL)
6.6 Wireless broadband
6.6.1 Wireless LANS (WLAN)
6.6.2 Mobile broadband
6.6.3 Satellite
6.7 Forecasts broadband subscribers 2013; 2015; 2020
6.7.1 Scenario 1 higher broadband subscriber growth
6.7.2 Scenario 2 lower broadband subscriber growth
7. Digital Media
7.1 Overview
7.1.1 Key general trends
7.1.2 Business models
7.1.3 Regulatory issues
7.1.4 Digital TV (DTV)
8. Mobile Communications
8.1 Overview of Switzerland's mobile market
8.1.1 Mobile statistics
8.1.2 Mobile market shares
8.2 Regulatory issues
8.2.1 Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
8.2.2 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
8.2.3 Fixed-to-mobile call charges
8.2.4 Roaming
8.3 Mobile technologies
8.3.1 Digital
8.3.2 Third Generation (3G) mobile
8.4 Major mobile operators
8.4.1 Swisscom Mobile
8.4.2 Sunrise
8.4.3 Orange
8.4.4 Failed merger of Orange Sunrise
8.4.5 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
8.4.6 Mobile Virtual Network Enablers (MVNEs)
8.5 Mobile voice services
8.5.1 Prepaid cards
8.6 Mobile Messaging
8.6.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
8.6.2 Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
8.7 Mobile data services
8.7.1 General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
8.7.2 High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA)
8.7.3 High-Speed Circuit Switched Data (HSCSD)
8.7.4 Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution (EDGE)
8.7.5 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
8.7.6 Mobile TV
8.7.7 M2M services
8.8 Mobile applications
8.8.1 Mobile music
8.8.2 Location-based services
8.8.3 Mobile ticketing
8.8.4 Mobile commerce
8.8.5 Train network
8.9 Forecasts
8.9.1 Forecasts mobile ARPU 2009 - 2015
Table 1 Country statistics Switzerland 2014 (e)
Table 2 Telecom revenue and investment statistics 2013 (e)
Table 3 Telephone network statistics 2014 (e)
Table 4 Internet user statistics 2015 (e)
Table 5 Broadband statistics 2014 (e)
Table 6 Mobile statistics 2014 (e)
Table 7 National telecommunications authorities
Table 8 CS, CPS and VoIP connections 2000 - 2013
Table 9 Telecom sector revenue, profit and investment 2000 - 2014
Table 10 Telecom revenue by sector 1998 - 2014
Table 11 Telecom investment by sector 1998 - 2014
Table 12 Interconnection revenue 2000 - 2010
Table 13 Unbundled lines 2007 - 2014
Table 14 CPS as proportion of total lines 1999 - 2012
Table 15 Fixed-line revenue 2000 - 2014
Table 16 Fixed-line voice traffic 2000 - 2014
Table 17 Swisscom Group net revenue, EBITDA and net income 2004 - 2014
Table 18 Swisscom (Switzerland) financial data by sector 2007 - 2014
Table 19 Swisscom fixed-voice, mobile, IPTV subscribers 2008 - 2013
Table 20 Swisscom retail and wholesale broadband subscribers 2008 - 2014
Table 21 Sunrise financial data (historic DKK) 2006 - 2010
Table 22 Sunrise revenue by type (historic DKK) 2006 - 2010
Table 23 Sunrise revenue by service (CHF) 2009 - 2014
Table 24 Sunrise subscribers by sector 2005 - 2014
Table 25 UPC financial data 2007 - 2014
Table 26 Fixed lines in service, teledensity and traffic in minutes 1997; 1999 - 2015
Table 27 ISDN subscribers 1999 - 2010
Table 28 Dial-up internet subscribers 2000 - 2014
Table 29 Historic - Internet users and penetration rate 1996 - 2004
Table 30 Internet users and penetration rate 2005 - 2015
Table 31 Total broadband subscribers by type 2000 - 2015
Table 32 Broadband penetration by technology 2004 - 2013
Table 33 Broadband market share by operator 2007 - 2010
Table 34 Broadband market share by platform (cable, DSL) 2003 - 2014
Table 35 Broadband lines by capacity 2008 2010
Table 36 Proportion of broadband lines by capacity 2012
Table 37 Cable broadband subscribers 2005 - 2015
Table 38 Swisscable broadband and telephony subscribers 2003 - 2013
Table 39 Cable broadband lines by capacity 2008 - 2010
Table 40 UPC broadband offers 2015
Table 41 UPC financial data 2005 - 2014
Table 42 UPC broadband and telephony subscribers 2007 - 2014
Table 43 DSL accesses by main provider (historic) 2004 - 2009
Table 44 DSL market share by main provider 2004 - 2014
Table 45 DSL broadband lines by capacity 2008 - 2010
Table 46 DSL subscribers 2005 - 2015
Table 47 Swisscom broadband subscribers 2003 - 2014
Table 48 Swisscom dial-up subscribers (historic) 2003 - 2007
Table 49 Sunrise broadband subscribers 2005 - 2014
Table 50 Fibre subscribers 2007 - 2015
Table 51 Fibre broadband lines by capacity 2008 - 2010
Table 52 Broadband powerline connections 2001 - 2009
Table 53 Mobile broadband subscribers; data transferred 2008 - 2009
Table 54 Broadband satellite connections 2008 - 2009
Table 55 Fixed-line broadband subscribers higher market growth scenario 2013;2015; 2020
Table 56 Forecast fixed-line broadband subscribers lower market growth scenario 2009 - 2012; 2020
Table 57 Subscribers by bundled service 2007 - 2011
Table 58 VoIP subscribers 2004 - 2014
Table 59 Swisscom IPTV subscribers 2006 - 2014
Table 60 Sunrise IPTV subscribers 2013 - 2014
Table 61 Cable TV subscribers and penetration rate 2002 - 2014
Table 62 Swisscable cable TV subscribers by type 2003 - 2012
Table 63 Swisscable cable TV, broadband and telephony subscribers 2003 - 2013
Table 64 UPC operational data: subscriber statistics 2008 - 2014
Table 65 Satellite services revenue 2007 - 2014
Table 66 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2004
Table 67 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 - 2015
Table 68 Mobile revenue 2000 - 2014
Table 69 Mobile sector investment, UMTS and total 1998 - 2011
Table 70 Mobile voice traffic 2000 - 2014
Table 71 Share of subscribers by MNO 2005 - 2014
Table 72 Mobile spectrum auction 2012
Table 73 Mobile numbers ported 2000 - 2012
Table 74 Mobile termination charges by operator 2006; 2009 - 2011
Table 75 European roaming charges 2007 - 2014
Table 76 Swisscom Mobile blended ARPU 2006 - 2014
Table 77 Swisscom Mobile retail revenue 2003 - 2014
Table 78 Swisscom Mobile subscribers 2006 - 2014
Table 79 Sunrise subscribers 2004 - 2014
Table 80 Sunrise revenue and annual change (DKK) 2006 - 2010
Table 81 Sunrise mobile revenue (CHF) 2009 - 2014
Table 82 Sunrise subscribers ARPU 2011 - 2014
Table 83 Orange mobile subscribers 2000 - 2014
Table 84 Historic - Orange mobile revenue (), annual change 2005 - 2011
Table 85 Orange financial data (CHF) 2010 - 2014
Table 86 Orange ARPU 2006 - 2011
Table 87 Orange mobile data as percentage of revenue (historic) 2003 - 2011
Table 88 Historic - Prepaid subscribers and market share 1998 - 2004
Table 89 Prepaid subscribers and market share 2005 - 2014
Table 90 Swisscom mobile retail contract and prepaid subscribers 2006 - 2014
Table 91 Swisscom Mobile prepaid share of subscribers 1998 - 2014
Table 92 Swisscom Mobile sent SMS and MMS 2007 - 2014
Table 93 SMS traffic and annual change 2002 - 2014
Table 94 Average price of SMS 2009 - 2010
Table 95 MMS traffic and annual change 2003 - 2014
Table 96 Mobile internet subscribers by technology 2009 - 2011
Table 97 Mobile data volume (historic) 2008 - 2011
Table 98 Average price per MB sent (historic) 2009 - 2010
Table 99 Forecast mobile ARPU 2009 - 2015
Chart 1 CS, CPS and VoIP connections 2000 - 2013
Chart 2 Telecom sector revenue, profit and investment 2000 2014
Chart 3 Swisscom Group net revenue, EBITDA and net income 2004 2014
Chart 4 Swisscom (Switzerland) financial data by sector 2007 2014
Chart 5 Sunrise revenue by service (CHF) 2009 2014
Chart 6 Sunrise subscribers by sector 2005 2014
Chart 7 UPC financial data 2007 2014
Chart 8 Internet users and penetration rate 2005 2015
Chart 9 Total broadband subscribers by type 2000 2015
Chart 10 Broadband market share by platform (cable, DSL) 2003 2014
Chart 11 UPC financial data 2005 2014
Chart 12 DSL market share by main provider 2004 2014
Chart 13 Swisscom broadband subscribers 2003 2014
Chart 14 Fibre subscribers 2007 2015
Chart 15 Swisscom IPTV subscribers 2006 2014
Chart 16 Cable TV subscribers and penetration rate 2002 2014
Chart 17 Swisscable cable TV, broadband and telephony subscribers 2003 2013
Chart 18 UPC operational data: subscriber statistics 2008 2014
Chart 19 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 2015
Chart 20 Share of subscribers by MNO 2005 2014
Chart 21 Prepaid subscribers and market share 2003 2014
Chart 22 Swisscom Mobile contract and prepaid subscribers 2006 2014
Exhibit 1 Access and the local loop
Exhibit 2 Overview of digital media convergence

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