Geneva / Berne, 26 October 2010
In order to maximise efficiency and speed of deployment, the canton of Geneva has been split into three zones. Swisscom will be responsible for creating the infrastructure in the city of Geneva itself, while Geneva Industrial Services will connect larger adjacent communities. A separate agreement will define the method of cooperation for the rural communities surrounding Geneva. The partners have therefore allocated responsibility for implementing works, while taking advantage of the infrastructure already in place in the city of Geneva. Swisscom will provide around 60% of the necessary investment, and each partner will have access to the fibres it needs throughout the entire network. The aim of this shared approach is to optimise the costs of construction and operation, and to avoid the creation of parallel networks and reduce the impact of road-digging to lay cables.
The two partners have agreed a timeframe of four to five years to connect the majority of households and businesses in Geneva to the network.
In Les Avanchets and in the municipality of Meinier, the first residential and commercial customers are already enjoying telephony, super-fast broadband and HD television services supplied via this new fibre-optic network. In addition to Swisscom, there are several other telecommunications service providers in Geneva who are also in partnership with SIG. Any providers who are unable to build their own network, or who choose not to invest in fibre optic technology, will be able to access the network on favourable, non-discriminatory terms. The partnership approach established by Geneva Industrial Services and Swisscom guarantees the principle of competition and removes any need for regulation of the fibre optic network.