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The best possible network for our customers: we are greatly extending our fixed network nationwide in Switzerland in rural and urban areas with a mix of the latest fibre optic technologies like FTTH (Fibre to the Home), FTTB (Fibre to the Building), FTTS (Fibre to the Street) and copper-based technologies such as vectoring or G.fast.
Switzerland benefits from infrastructure competition between Swisscom, cable network operators and now also electricity suppliers that are setting up their own fibre-optic networks. Swisscom welcomes and will face up to this sustainable competition, focusing on cooperations in connection with the introduction of fibre-optics in cabling work and in-house cabling.
In recent years fixed network data volume has doubled every 16 months. In response, we invest around CHF 1.75 billion annually in expanding our network infrastructure. By the end of 2016 we and our cooperation partners connected around 1.25 million homes and offices with fibre to the building. Overall, we supply broadband of more than 50 Mbit/s to more than 3.5 million homes and offices, of which more than 2.5 million with the latest fibre-optic technologies. By the end of 2021 the majority of residents in all Swiss communities should enjoy higher bandwidths. By the end of 2021 around 90% of all homes and offices will therefore enjoy a minimum bandwidth of 80 Mbit/s – with around 85% even achieving 100 Mbit/s or faster. As part of the basic service provision we offer extensive broadband coverage of at least 2 Mbit/s (97% of the population). We already provide 94% of all homes and offices with Swisscom TV, more than 93% in HD quality and around 91% can even enjoy several HD programmes at the same time.