Telecommunication in Switzerland

The development of telecommunications in Switzerland is roughly equivalent to the average of the European Union. Under the country code +41, there were a total of 13.85 m connections in 2020. Among them were 10.90 m million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.3 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

In the expansion of broadband Internet connections Switzerland is very well in the race. Around 93% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 47% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).

With about 5.30 m webhosts, Switzerland is below the world's average by population.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 198.23 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Switzerland ranked 10th in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 128.76 Mbit/second (15th place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 20th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Switzerland comes 9th with a download speed of 106.68 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 25 Mbit was only enough for 4th place.

The "Speedtest Global Index" published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in Mai 2021 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% mean that, on average, every inhabitant has more than one connection.

Access to the Internet in Switzerland from 1990 - 2019

Broadband internet in Switzerland 2000 - 2020

Landlines 1990 - 2020

Mobile phones 1990 - 2020

Distribution in 2020Switzerland
Broadband users4.02 m46.58 %162.67 m36.33 %
Landlines2.95 m34.18 %159.99 m35.73 %
Mobile cellulars10.90 m126.20 %541.96 m121.03 %