Lausanne, 09 September 2009
A fibre-optic network is necessary in Switzerland to meet the future bandwidth needs of both corporate and residential customers and to ensure Switzerland remains competitive. The model selected by Lausanne Industrial Services and Swisscom will allow the deployment of an open access infrastructure, thereby avoiding a structural monopoly on Lausanne's fibre-optic network. Furthermore, pooling resources will allow the network to be built more quickly and, in particular, costs for the partners to be reduced. Customers are set to fully benefit from this collaboration, from both a service and economic point of view. The network will eventually be open to other service providers.
The areas of Chailly and Praz Séchaud have been selected for the pilot network. Lausanne Industrial Services will construct the network in Chailly, while Swisscom will construct the one in Praz Séchaud. The buildings involved will be connected by four fibres per household. Both partners will have two fibres/household across the entire pilot area, which equates to around 500 buildings or a potential of 3,000 households. Following a prospecting phase targeting business managers and property owners, the implementation work will get underway during the autumn of 2009 and will be completed in early 2010.
The aim of the project is to construct a fibre-optic infrastructure up to building entrances, with the property owner taking care of indoor cabling to individual households. Both partners support the standards of the Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) regarding household connections and will ensure that the engineers in charge of carrying out the installation work are briefed on them.
Swisscom and Lausanne Industrial Services have already signed a declaration of intent relating to the implementation of the pilot areas. At the end of this pilot phase, the parties will consider a partnership agreement for the entire municipality.
Lausanne Industrial Services, which was founded in 1896, supplies gas, electricity, district heating and telecommunications services to its 220,000 customers. Lausanne's TV network, which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, is constantly being improved in terms of performance and technological innovation, and allows the multimedia department which manages the infrastructure to market the Citycable (Internet), CityTV (radio and television) and Cityphone (telephony) products.
Swisscom is Switzerland's leading telecoms provider, with 5.4 million mobile customers and around 1.8 million fixed-line broadband connections. In 2008, its 19,943 employees generated revenues of CHF 12.2 billion. Swisscom has a presence throughout Switzerland and offers a full range of products and services for mobile, fixed-line and IP-based voice and data communication. Massive investments in network infrastructure ensure that this will remain the case in the future. Swisscom is active in one of the most attractive broadband markets in Europe via the Italian provider Fastweb. Swisscom also offers services for IT infrastructure outsourcing as well as the management of communications infrastructures.