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Telecommunication in Switzerland

Compared to the United States, Switzerland is at the forefront of the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +41, there were a total of 14.02 million connections in 2021. Among them were 11.06 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.3 per person. In the US, this figure is 1.1 mobile phones per person.

With about 5.30 million webhosts, Switzerland is below the world's average by population. At the end of 2020, 1.04 million of these, or about 20 percent, were secured with SSL or comparable encryption.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 156.84 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Switzerland ranks 14th in an international comparison. The upload rate of only 77.38 Mbit/second was significantly lower (25th place).
In mobile internet, i.e., on tablets and smartphones, Switzerland comes 20th with a download speed of 82.05 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 20 Mbit was enough for 9th place.

The Speedtest Global Index published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in February 2023 from 180 countries.

The following diagrams show the development of the various telephone and internet connections as a percentage of the country's population. Values above 100 percent mean that, on average, every inhabitant has more than one connection.

Access to the internet in Switzerland from 1990 - 2021

Broadband internet in Switzerland 2000 - 2021

Symbol image: cell towerSwitzerland is doing very well in the expansion of broadband internet connections. Around 96 percent of all residents have access to the internet. Around 46 percent have their own fast internet connection, which is at least faster than the former ISDN (more than 256 kbit/s). All fixed connections via DSL, cable or satellite were counted here, but not those connected to the internet via mobile communications.

Landlines 1990 - 2021

Mobile phones 1990 - 2021

The increasing prevalence of cell phones and the simultaneous decline in landline phones clearly indicate a change in Switzerland. While the number of landlines has fallen significantly in recent years, the spread of cell phones has risen to 127 cell phone subscriptions per 100 people at last count. Such a clear shift does not occur in all countries, but the trend points in the same direction internationally.

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Distribution in 2021Switzerland
Broadband users4.01 m46.04 %127.03 m38.27 %
Landlines2.96 m33.97 %97.11 m29.26 %
Mobile cellulars11.06 m127.08 %361.62 m108.96 %

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