ADSL broadband connectivity service ready for launch
16 August 2000
As part of a wholesale deal, Swisscom will offer all telecommunications providers a broadband connection service using an IP-based solution. These service providers will in turn be able to offer their end customers tailored broadband solutions, such as fast Internet access.
Start-up in seven Swiss cities - expansion planned for 2001
Swisscom will make the same non-discriminatory offer to all wholesale customers. The new service is based on a broadband connection to end customers using ADSL technology. In an initial phase, it will be available in seven cities: Zurich, Geneva, Basle, Bern, Lausanne, Lucerne and St. Gallen. Two speeds will be available to end customers: 256 kbps and 512 kbps. A Swisscom state-of-the-art IP platform will be used to provide the connection between the end customer and service provider. There are plans to expand the service with higher speeds and larger geographical availability from 2001.
Pilot operation successful
To enable the functionality of this new broadband service to be tested with potential wholesale customers before the ADSL service is officially launched, Swisscom began a pilot-operation test with four selected service providers in Zurich and Geneva on 17 July 2000. This involves testing the entire spectrum of services, their functions and the necessary processes. The service providers involved have been provided with test results at regular information sessions and in written reports. The first results are very promising. Swisscom expects the wholesale service to be launched in October 2000.
Service providers will determine what the end customer pays
The new ADSL technology will be successful if it enables broadband communications services, such as broadband Internet content, video-on-demand, distance learning, high-speed software downloads, etc ,to be made available to customers. Service providers are responsible for providing such services and for setting charges and billing end customers. Swisscom will bill service providers CHF 69 per month for 256 kbps broadband access and CHF 114 per month for 512 kbps access. There is a one-off connection and conversion charge of CHF 400.
What is ADSL?
ADSL technology belongs to the family of xDSL technologies, which use the existing to-your-doorstep telephone cable for broadband access to the data network. xDSL is similar to modem technology, but requires a DSL system at both ends of the copper wire. ADSL uses the entire available transmission spectrum of copper lines. Both analogue and digital voice and data signals and ADSL data can be transmitted simultaneously via the same cable. ADSL allows you to phone or fax, and surf the Net at high-speed at the same time.