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)
  2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Var.
17-18
84 91 88  84 81 -3.6%
of which local calls 70 76 75  75 a) a)
of which long-distance calls 84 90 87  84 81 -3.6%
of which international calls 81 89 82  79 70 -11.4%
33 33 38  35 43 22.9%
Mobile telephony services 13 17 23  21 27 28.6%
Paging service 2 1 1 1 0.0%
Satellite service 10 9 8 9 12.5%
Internet service by satellite 8 6 5 6 20.0%
169 175 170  171 162 -5.3%
by means of PSTN or ISDN connections 16 16 14  12 7 -41.7%
by means of cable modem connections 70  70 60  65 54 -16.9%
by means of xDSL connections 68 65 69  59 54 -8.5%
by means of optical fibre connections 101 115 115 129 122 -5.4%
Other 20 23 22  23 28 21.7%
Providers of transmission capacity services (constant and/or variable rate) 84 85 91  96 80 -16.7%
107 110 106  99 90 -9.1%
by means of coaxial CATV connections 86 82 78  72 61 -15.3%
Providers offering access to resources and services on fixed networks (TSP-to-TSP sales) 54 57 56  56 61 8.9%
Number of providers who supplied useable data 482 495 495
483 463 -4.1%
Note:
a) This information will not be collected as from 2018.

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Last modification 17.03.2020

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