19 January 2001
Swisscom will reduce the charge for the ADSL broadband service by around 50% as of February 2001. This reduction will apply to the 256 Kbit/s and the 512 Kbit/s accesses. The same level of quality will be guaranteed. The monthly access charge for 256 Kbit/s will be reduced by 44% to CHF 39 and by 53% to CHF 54 for 512 Kbit/s. The one-off alteration and connection charges (incl. disconnection) are now just CHF 200.
Technical operational processes were optimised during the pilot test and the three month commercial operation period of the Swisscom Broadband Connectivity Service which has led to lower production costs. Swisscom Wholesale hopes the price reduction will help the new technology to take hold and encourage Switzerland´s 300 Internet service providers to develop the service.
The availability of the Broadband Connectivity Service, which is currently restricted to Basle, Bern, Geneva, Lausanne, Lucerne, St. Gallen and Zurich, is being extended on an ongoing basis. It will be available in 25 other towns such as Aarau, Bellinzona, Sion, Fribourg, La-Chaux-de-Fonds, Lugano, Solothurn and Zug as of February. The objective of ensuring widespread availability in Switzerland is being carried through.
ADSL-solution users are residential customers and SMEs that require higher data throughput or faster Internet access.
Customers have been able to find information on ADSL availability on Swisscom´s Website at www.swisscom.com/adsl as of mid-December. After dialling the telephone number, customers receive information on ADSL availability in specific areas.
Customers should contact their Internet service provider or check the applicable offer on their provider´s homepage. A list of providers who offer this service can also be found on Swisscom´s Website.
Bern, 19 January 2001