Consumer price indexes for telecommunication services

The consumer price index of the Swiss Federal Statistical Office (FSO) measures price development based on a basket of goods and services that includes the most important consumer goods of private households. The results published by the FSO make it possible to understand the evolution of prices for detailed aggregates, and in particular for those concerning telecommunication services.

Thus, the item "telecommunication services" (item 8014) which is in group 8 ("communications") aggregates the following three sub-items:

  • fixed network communications (item 8042),
  • communication on mobile network (item 8018)
  • and combined offers on fixed and mobile networks (item 8045).

The following table presents the three sub-indexes and its aggregate. We can see that between 2020 and 2021, the prices of communication services on fixed networks increased by 2.9%, those of communications on mobile networks increased by 0.1%, while those of bundled offers have decreased by -1.2%. These trends have lowered the overall price of telecommunication services by -0.5%.

Swiss Consumer Price Index
Years Telecommunication services Fixed-line communication Mobile communication Combined offers for fixed-line and mobile communication
1994 232.1
1995 238.9
1996 227.9
1997 217.7
1998 201.0
1999 183.7
2000 145.9
2001 140.0
2002 140.1
2003 139.7
2004 138.5
2005 130.5
2006 120.9 111.4 132.5
2007 117.4 109.3 127.0
2008 114.2 104.5 125.7
2009 108.5 103.6 114.3
2010 106.9 104.4 109.7 8.7
2011 107.3 103.8 110.9 105.3
2012 107.1 102.9 111.2 104.7
2013 104.7 103.2 106.7 103.5
2014 102.5 103.0 103.0 103.8
2015 102.0 102.6 102.3 102.7
2016 100.5 100.7 100.1 100.3
2017 98.7 99.3 97.2 99.8
2018 98.9 99.1 96.2 101.2
2019 99.9 100.0 96.7 102.8
2020 100.2 100.0 99.4 100.9
2021 99.7 102.9 99.5 99.7
Source: Federal Statistical Office, Swiss Consumer Price Index, https://www.lik.bfs.admin.ch

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Last modification 09.02.2022

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