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 14.03 million connections in 2019. Among them were 10.93 million 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 45% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).

With about 5.30 million 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 192.13 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Switzerland ranked 5th in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 123.41 Mbit/second (15th place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 13th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Switzerland comes 10th with a download speed of 87.73 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 22 Mbit was only enough for 5th place.

The "Speedtest Global Index" published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in November 2020 from 176 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 - 2019




Landlines 1990 - 2019




Mobile phones 1990 - 2019




Spreading in 2019Switzerland
Total
Switzerland
percent
EU
Total
EU
percent
Broadband users3.88 m45.30 %157.90 m35.28 %
Landlines3.10 m36.15 %166.16 m37.13 %
Mobile cellulars10.93 m127.43 %547.36 m122.31 %