Number of telecommunications service providers

With the liberalisation of the telecommunications market on 1 January 1998, there is no longer a single company providing data, but a multitude of companies of greater or lesser importance. Since 1 April 2007, the broadcasting of programme services has been considered as a telecommunications service.

The table below is a representation of the offering of telecommunication services. It quantifies the operators for each type of categorised services. Since certain operators offer several types of service (Swisscom, Sunrise, etc.), the total is greater than the number of operators providing useable data.

Number of telecommunications service providers according to the type of services offered (Tab 1)
  2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Var. 20-21
84 81 88 93 110 18.3%
of which local calls 75 a) a) a) a) a)
of which long-distance calls 84 81 82 92 108 17.4%
of which international calls 79 70 87 82 93 13.4%
35 43 37 31 40 29.0%
Mobile telephony services 21 27 25 23 28 21.7%
Paging service 1 1 1 1 3 200.0%
Satellite service 8 9 8 8 9 12.5%
Internet service by satellite 5 6 3 4 4 0.0%
171 162 170 158 160 1.3%
by means of PSTN or ISDN connections 12 7 7 7 7 0.0%
by means of cable modem connections 65 54 53 48 52 8.3%
by means of xDSL connections 59 54 67 57 61 7.0%
by means of optical fibre connections 129 122 131 122 127 4.1%
Other 23 28 21 25 22 -12.0%
Providers of transmission capacity services (constant and/or variable rate) 96 80 86 85 80 -5.9%
99 90 89 92 96 4.3%
by means of coaxial CATV connections 72 61 58 56 61 8.9%
Providers offering access to resources and services on fixed networks (TSP-to-TSP sales) 56 61 60 65 67 3.1%
Number of providers who supplied useable data 483 463 470 528 539 2.1%
Note:
a) This information will not be collected as from 2018.

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Last modification 08.05.2023

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