BERNE, Swtizerland -- Over the next few years, Swisscom will be installing the high-speed communications network of the future in Martigny and Charrat. In Martigny, Swisscom is laying fibre-optic cabling all the way to individual homes and businesses (FTTH). At the same time, it will be testing new Fibre to the Street (FTTS) technology in Charrat. Residents of both communities will benefit from bandwidths of up to 100 Mbps which will allow them to watch HDTV, use multimedia services and enjoy ultra-high-speed Internet access.
Over the next few years, Swisscom will be laying fibre-optic cabling all the way to individual homes and businesses (Fibre to the Home, FTTH) The first property-owners were contacted this week. Construction work is due to begin in the Bourg district of Martigny in the second quarter of 2013. In all, 9000 homes and businesses in the town - about 95 percent of the total - will be connected with FTTH in the coming years. The first customers in Martigny should be able to receive fibre-optic-based services by the second half of 2013.
Swisscom is laying the fibre-optic network itself, but is open to offers from potential cooperation partners. At least four optical fibres will be laid per household and business. This is in line with
the recommendations of the roundtable led by the Federal Communications Commission (ComCom). Thanks to non-discriminatory access to the fibre-optic network, providers not wishing to invest in the new network will also have access. This will further promote competition on the telecoms market and enable customers to choose from a wide variety of offerings from different telecoms providers.