Swisscom, as a wholesale partner of Swiss Internet service providers, is to extend its portfolio as of December 2001 by launching two, significantly faster ADSL services. At 1 Mbit/s and 2 Mbit/s download capacity is practically twice as fast as the existing ADSL services. Both familiar ADSL services, the 256 Kbit/s and 512 Kbit/s accesses, will continue to be available. During the introductory campaign in the months of December 2001 and January 2002 ADSL users who already have an access by December 2001 can take advantage of a free, one-off upgrade to 1 Mbit/s or 2 Mbit/s. Although it´s 8 times faster the 2 MBit/s access will only cost end customers 3 to 5 times as much as a 256 kBit/s access.
The new download speeds spell an end to waiting around for hours. Film clips, videos, music, interactive games and software packages can be downloaded without long waiting times. Companies with high bandwidth requirements will also benefit from ADSL. Doctors can for example transmit X-ray images, architects can send their plans to be worked on, and advertising agencies can send the final version of their new brochure directly to the digital printer. Teleworkers have access to the same programmes and data online at home as they would have in the office.
2.4 million telephone lines, i.e. around 60%, already have access to ADSL. The aim of making ASDL available to as many people as possible in Switzerland is being implemented systematically. By the end of 2001 around 85% of all telephone lines will have access making ADSL available to some 3.4 million people.
The www.enter-adsl.ch website provides information on the ADSL offerings of 18 different Internet service providers. ADSL accesses can also be ordered on this page.
Invitation to press conference on ADSL / broadband communications
Friday, 28 September 2001, from 11.00 to 13.00 Business Solutions Centre, Füsslistrasse 6, 8001 Zurich
The panel will be made up of: Jens Alder, CEO Swisscom Adrian Bult, CEO Swisscom Fixnet Bernhard Baer, Swisscom Wholesale