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Press release

Further upgrade in ADSL performance

19 February 2003

Broadband Internet access is currently experiencing a major boom. ADSL technology and television cable access are competing neck and neck in the fight for customers.

High security entails higher bandwidth - all customers can measure performance

Unlike other technologies, ADSL lines provide the customer with a dedicated and thus more secure connection to the Internet. The high level of security takes up part of the bandwidth (i.e. transmission rate). Following a further performance upgrade, the net bandwidth available to customers will match the gross bandwidth communicated in the offering (e.g. 256 kbit/s) while maintaining the same level of security.

An online measuring tool is already available for ADSL customers at , and can be used at all times to measure the performance on the customer's own line.

Persistent supply bottlenecks for ADSL hardware in Europe

Supply bottlenecks continue to exist throughout Europe for ADSL hardware. One third of new ADSL customers are connected promptly, while around two thirds have to wait for over four weeks. In exceptional cases the waiting time is even longer. This unsatisfactory situation is also a consequence of the booming demand for ADSL internationally. The number of customers in Switzerland is five times higher in comparison to last year.

Bern, 19. February 2003


Swisscom AG
Media Relations
3050 Bern