Mapping broadband coverage in Switzerland

Broadband Coverage in Europe in 2012 - key results for Switzerland

One of the European Union’s most ambitious targets is to make sure that all its citizens can get access to superfast broadband at home, if they choose, by 2020. A new study by Point Topic shows Switzerland is now over 94% towards achieving that aim.

National coverage by broadband technology

Switzerland was added to the study in 2012, with funding provided by Glasfasernetz Schweiz in Switzerland.

NGA coverage in Switzerland was much more advanced than in most of the other study countries – both in total and amongst rural households. Its coverage of rural areas with standard fixed broadband was also significantly ahead of the European Union average.

Switzerland broadband coverage by technology combination

Switzerland broadband coverage by technology combination – BCE 2012

Looking at the technology profiles for Switzerland, we can see that Switzerland gained its NGA advantage by having more than double average VDSL and Docsis 3 coverage. FTTP deployment was comparable to the EU average, although the Swiss incumbent has ambitious plans for the role out of this technology in the future. Most cable services within Switzerland have been upgraded to Docsis 3.

In terms of HSPA coverage, Switzerland was comparable to the EU averages for both overall coverage and coverage of rural households. At the end of 2012, commercial LTE services had been rolled out to 20% of Swiss households. No evidence could be found for coverage of WiMAX services within Switzerland.

During 2012, VDSL coverage increased by nearly 10 percentage points as a result of a big push by the incumbent to roll-out this technology. Overall cable coverage increased by 3.3p.p., with Docsis 3 coverage increasing by 4.5p.p. This increase is in part due to a better data quality but also heavy infrastructure based competition, with new buildings being connected to cable wherever possible. The roll-out of cable services has had a significant impact on the rural coverage of NGA services in Switzerland.

Switzerland total broadband coverage by technology

Switzerland total broadband coverage by technology – BCE 2012

Switzerland rural broadband coverage by technology

Switzerland rural broadband coverage by technology – BCE 2012

 Regional coverage by technology combinations

Coverage of both standard and NGA broadband is fairly consistent across the cantons of Switzerland.

In terms of standard broadband coverage, every canton in Switzerland had over 98% standard broadband coverage. Only one canton – Basel-Stadt – had 100% coverage of both standard and cable services. Every canton in Switzerland had NGA coverage greater than 75%.

Switzerland standard broadband coverage map

Switzerland standard broadband coverage map

Switzerland NGA broadband coverage map

Switzerland NGA broadband coverage map

Data tables for Switzerland

Find out more

Point Topic maps broadband coverage in every square kilometre across Europe. For more details, please visit the Broadband Competition Map of Europe page or contact Tim Johnson at tim.johnson@point-topic.com or telephone +44(0)20 3301 3303.

 

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