Today, more than 98% of all Swiss households have access to a broadband connection. More than 75% of these households enjoy bandwidth in excess of 12Mbit/s, and almost 60% even have 20Mbit/s at their disposal. The expansion of the fibre-optic network to include private households will provide bandwidths of 100Mbit/s or more in the medium to long term.
The following brief video illustrates the rapid pace of technological change in recent years:
All ADSL connections to customers were made along copper wiring. The greater the distance between the customer and the exchange, the lower the effective bandwidth.
VDSL enables transmission via fibre-optic cable to distribution boxes. From there, the remaining 750 metres (the "last mile") uses the copper infrastructure.
FTTH (Fibre To The Home) now brings fibre-optic cabling right into houses and therefore directly to the customer.