Berne, 17 September 2010
Switzerland has a high-quality infrastructure by international standards. Thanks to intense competition in the network area and a commensurate regulatory framework, Switzerland's biggest telecoms providers, with annual investments of around CHF 2 billion, are key contributors to the high locational advantages offered by Switzerland today. Foreign investors are also keen to continue and in some cases step up their investments in an attractive market environment. A study conducted by the OECD showed that telecoms investment per capita in Switzerland is among the highest worldwide. According to the French research institute iDate, Switzerland's broadband penetration (at least VDSL standard) is the highest in the world at 78%.
In telecommunications, the price trend is running counter to that prevailing in most other sectors: the last few years have seen dramatic price falls, with Swisscom customers benefiting to the tune of several hundred million francs. On 9 September 2010, the three Swiss mobile phone operators announced that they were reducing mobile termination fees to the EU level. This joint reduction shows that current regulations have proven effective with the primacy of negotiation.
The Telecommunications Act that came into force in 2007 has ensured that the defined market and coverage goals have been reached: in no other country has the unbundling of the last mile, which lies at the heart of the current Telecommunications Act, progressed as fast as in Switzerland. The present Telecommunications Act has brought about the desired level of network competition while also generating investment and attracting new market players (e.g. utilities). Swisscom is therefore of the same opinion as the Federal Council that there is no need for a revision of the Telecommunications Act after only three years.