& cplSiteName &

Swisscom Boasts FTTX Milestone

Ray Le Maistre
7/30/2014
50%
50%

Switzerland's national operator Swisscom is now delivering "ultra-fast" broadband services of 100 Mbit/s or faster to more than 1 million customers, with about 80% of those customers hooked up directly to a fiber connection, it announced today.

And that's no mean feat in a country with a population of just over 8 million and about 3 million households.

Swisscom has about 1.85 million retail fixed broadband customers in total, so more than half of that customer base is receiving the operator's 'ultra-fast' broadband service. The milestone is the result of years of investment (sometimes with municipal or utility company partners) in fiber deployments and the latest copper broadband enhancement technologies, which means Swisscom AG (NYSE: SCM) has an array of different broadband access 'flavors.' The operator first announced its fiber broadband plans and investments back in 2008: see Swisscom Plans $2.3B FTTx Rollout.

Here's a breakdown of Swisscom's ultra-fast broadband progress:

  • Fiber-to-the-home (FTTH): More than 800,000 homes and businesses in 80 Swiss towns and cities are hooked up to a fiber connection and can access services with downstream speeds of up to 1 Gbit/s. (See Swisscom Launches 1G Broadband.)

  • Fiber-to-the-street (FTTS) and fiber-to-the-building (FTTB): For FTTS, which is being deployed mainly outside major urban areas, the fiber is run to within 200 meters of homes and businesses, with an existing copper tail used for the physical connection to the customer, over which broadband speeds of up to 100 Mbit/s are possible. For FTTB, the fiber is run to the basement of a building, from where existing copper wiring is used to connect the building's tenants. Working with Huawei, Swisscom has deployed FTTS in 10 municipalities, and is rolling it out in another 100 locations. The operator is keen to boost the potential speeds for its FTTS and FTTB customers in the future, and is working with Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. , its main FTTS technology partner, on the potential for G.fast, the emerging standard being ratified by the ITU that could deliver speeds of up to 1 Gbit/s over a short copper connection. (See Swisscom Picks Huawei for Fiber Expansion.)

  • Fiber-to-the-curb with vectoring: Swisscom has been upgrading its FTTC access infrastructure (which relies on VDSL-enabled copper tails running hundreds of meters from a cabinet to the customer) with vectoring technology, which cancels noise in the copper connections and so enables a cleaner, faster connection. The Swiss incumbent says the fixed broadband connections to more than 200,000 homes and businesses have now been upgraded with vectoring capabilities, doubling downstream speeds and enabling connections of up to 100 Mbit/s.

    Swisscom's aim is to offer its ultra-fast broadband services to more than 2.3 million homes and businesses by the end of 2015, and more than 4.6 million by 2020.

    The driving forces behind its investments are competition and service support: The company knows it needs the best fixed and mobile broadband services to be able to deliver high quality consumer services such as IPTV (it has more than 1 million customers for its service) and business services, especially as cloud-based services become more popular. (See Swisscom Embraces OpenStack With PlumGrid.)


    For more fixed broadband market coverage and insights, check out our dedicated Broadband content channel here on Light Reading.


    Switzerland is one of a growing number of European countries that, after years of talk, FTTH has been widely deployed. But the continents is still divided: Some major European operators, while boasting in their marketing about "fiber broadband," are mainly focused on running fiber to various distribution points (curb, cabinet, and so on) and relying on the existing copper plant for the final connection, so avoiding the high up-front costs of taking fiber all the way to homes and businesses. (See No Easy Answers on FTTH Investment.)

    Swisscom's news comes only a day after one of its main broadband services rivals, cable operator UPC Cablecom , announced that it is merging with its sister cable operator in neighboring Austria. (See Eurobites: Liberty Merges Euro Operations.)

    — Ray Le Maistre, Circle me on Google+ Follow me on TwitterVisit my LinkedIn profile, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

    (2)  | 
    Comment  | 
    Print  | 
  • Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
    thebulk
    50%
    50%
    thebulk,
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    7/30/2014 | 1:33:00 PM
    Re: Medium-term commitment
    So, they have the infrastructor in place, but now they have to utilize it properly to stay ahead of demand. 
    Ray@LR
    50%
    50%
    Ray@LR,
    User Rank: Blogger
    7/30/2014 | 7:56:28 AM
    Medium-term commitment
    Swisscom decided in 2008 that it was going to invest significantly in its fixed and mobile broadband capabilities, and where it has deployed fiber to the customer it has built in plenty of redundauncy (multiple fibers) - that's partly to do with regulatory reasons but it means that the broadband infrastructure is future-proofed in terms of capacity.

    I think these years of investment will pay off for Swisscom because it will already have the infrastructure capable of delivering all sorts of bandwidth-hungry services, and be able to focus on developing, delivering and monetising those services rather than constantly having to upgrade its broadband infrastructure. 
    From The Founder
    NFV's promises of automation and virtualization are intriguing, but what really excites service providers is the massive amount of money they could save.
    Flash Poll
    Live Streaming Video
    Charting the CSP's Future
    Six different communications service providers join to debate their visions of the future CSP, following a landmark presentation from AT&T on its massive virtualization efforts and a look back on where the telecom industry has been and where it's going from two industry veterans.
    Women in Comms Introduction Videos
    VMWare VP Brings Women Up With Her

    8|16|17   |   6:49   |   (1) comment


    It's an art and a science to make mentorship, inclusive leadership, diversity and promotion of high-potential women work, says Honore' LaBourdette, vice president of Global Market Development at VMWare.
    LRTV Documentaries
    5G Spectrum Wars – The Recap

    8|15|17   |   2:22   |   (0) comments


    Service provider 3 has filed a lawsuit against Ofcom over 5G spectrum auction in the UK.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Say What? Facebook Unleashes AI Anarchy – The Recap

    8|7|17   |     |   (0) comments


    A recap of the week's talking points on Light Reading's sister site, telecoms.com. Facebook AI programmers had a bit of a brain-fade as they allowed one of its AI applications to invent its ...
    Women in Comms Introduction Videos
    Fujitsu's Women Band Together to Help Girls Do STEM

    8|2|17   |   9:35   |   (1) comment


    Supporting women both inside and outside of Fujitsu is a top priority of the telecom vendor. Yanbing Li, Fujitsu Network Communication's director of System Software Development & Delivery, shares why it's important, but why there's still a long road ahead.
    LRTV Custom TV
    If You're Not First, You're Last – The Recap

    7|31|17   |   08:18   |   (1) comment


    In case you missed it, Amazon's 1% stock increase helped Jeff Bezos dethrone Bill Gates as the richest man in the world. Also, Taiwanese electronics manufacturer
    Women in Comms Introduction Videos
    AT&T's Tech President Preps Workforce for the Future

    7|26|17   |   5:47   |   (10) comments


    AT&T is focused on the software-defined network of the future and is reskilling its workforce to get ready too, according to AT&T's President of Technology Development Melissa Arnoldi.
    Women in Comms Introduction Videos
    Cisco: Mentoring Critical to Attract & Retain Women

    7|19|17   |   6:40   |   (1) comment


    Liz Centoni, senior vice president and general manager of Cisco's Computing System Product Group, shares why mentoring in all its forms is important for women and what Cisco is doing that's made a difference for women in tech.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Gigabit LTE With Snapdragon 835

    7|12|17   |     |   (1) comment


    At an event in Wembley stadium, EE used its live network to demonstrate gigabit LTE using a Sony Xperia XZ Premium smartphone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Implementing Machine Intelligence With Guavus

    7|12|17   |     |   (0) comments


    Guavus unites big data and machine intelligence, enabling many of the the largest service providers in the world to save money and drive measureable revenue. Learn how applying Machine Intelligence substantially reduces operational costs and in many cases can eliminate subscriber impact, meaning a better subscriber experience and higher NPS.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Unlocking Customer Experience Insights With Machine Intelligence

    7|12|17   |     |   (0) comments


    When used to analyze operational data and to drive operational decisions, machine intelligence reduces the number of tasks which require human intervention. Guavus invested in Machine Intelligence early. Learn about the difference between Machine Learning and Machine Intelligence.
    Women in Comms Introduction Videos
    Verizon VP Talks Network, Career Planning

    7|12|17   |   4:49   |   (0) comments


    Heidi Hemmer, vice president of Technology, Strategy & Planning at Verizon, shares how bold bets and the future of tech define her career.
    Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
    Masergy's NFV Journey

    7|11|17   |     |   (0) comments


    Ray Watson, vice president of global technology at Masergy, discusses the advantages and challenges in entering the still-maturing NFV market for the past three years.
    Upcoming Live Events
    September 28, 2017, Denver, CO
    October 18, 2017, Colorado Convention Center - Denver, CO
    November 1, 2017, The Royal Garden Hotel
    November 1, 2017, The Montcalm Marble Arch
    November 2, 2017, 8 Northumberland Avenue, London, UK
    November 30, 2017, The Westin Times Square
    All Upcoming Live Events
    Infographics
    With the mobile ecosystem becoming increasingly vulnerable to security threats, AdaptiveMobile has laid out some of the key considerations for the wireless community.
    Hot Topics
    Intel CEO Leaves Trump Biz Advisory Board
    Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 8/15/2017
    Are Cord-Cutting's Days Numbered?
    Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading, 8/14/2017
    Analyst Nolle: Fundamental Errors Plague NFV
    Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 8/11/2017
    Snapchat Misses Estimates, Eyes Reality Shows
    Aditya Kishore, Practice Leader, Video Transformation, Telco Transformation, 8/11/2017
    ATIS: Connected Car Security an Industry-Wide Issue
    Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 8/10/2017
    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed
    Animals with Phones
    We Know a Tough Day When We See One Click Here
    Live Digital Audio

    Understanding the full experience of women in technology requires starting at the collegiate level (or sooner) and studying the technologies women are involved with, company cultures they're part of and personal experiences of individuals.

    During this WiC radio show, we will talk with Nicole Engelbert, the director of Research & Analysis for Ovum Technology and a 23-year telecom industry veteran, about her experiences and perspectives on women in tech. Engelbert covers infrastructure, applications and industries for Ovum, but she is also involved in the research firm's higher education team and has helped colleges and universities globally leverage technology as a strategy for improving recruitment, retention and graduation performance.

    She will share her unique insight into the collegiate level, where women pursuing engineering and STEM-related degrees is dwindling. Engelbert will also reveal new, original Ovum research on the topics of artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, security and augmented reality, as well as discuss what each of those technologies might mean for women in our field. As always, we'll also leave plenty of time to answer all your questions live on the air and chat board.