Berne, 03 May 2007
Looking ahead to the future basic service mandate from 2008, Swisscom is seeking alternative technologies for the provision of high-speed Internet access in areas where this has not been possible until now. The basic service concession for the period 2008 - 2017 also covers technology-neutral broadband Internet access. The current tests with the new WiMAX technology are part of Swisscom's ongoing efforts to set up a nationwide broadband network in Switzerland. Broadband coverage in Switzerland currently exceeds 98%.
Swisscom trainees have completed installation in some of the twenty households participating in the pilot trial and the first series of tests are under way and look very promising. The goal is to provide users with broadband Internet access speeds of 600 kbps (download) and 100 kbps (upload). Operation and evaluation of the technical tests will be carried out by network specialists until the end of the pilot in January 2008.