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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 million connections in 2020. Among them were 10.90 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.

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


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Development of telephone and internet connections

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

Symbol image: cell towerSwitzerland is doing very well in the expansion of broadband Internet connections. Around 93% of all residents have access to the Internet. Around 47% 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 - 2020

Mobile phones 1990 - 2020



Distribution in 2020Switzerland
Total
Switzerland
percent
EU
Total
EU
percent
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 %

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