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 2019 and 2020, the prices of communication services on fixed networks have remained unchanged, those of communications on mobile networks have increased by 2.7%, while those of bundled offers have decreased by 1.7%. These trends increased the price of telecommunication services by 0.3%.

Swiss Consumer Price Index
Years Telecommunication services Fixed-line communication Mobile communication Combined offers for fixed-line and mobile communication
1994 231.2
1995 237.9
1996 227
1997 216.8
1998 200.2
1999 183
2000 145.3
2001 139.5
2002 139.5
2003 139.2
2004 138
2005 130
2006 120.5 110.4 131.4
2007 117 108.4 126
2008 113.7 103.6 124.7
2009 108 102.7 113.4
2010 106.5 103.5 108.8
2011 106.9 102.9 110 106.1
2012 106.7 102 110.3 105.6
2013 104.3 102.3 105.9 104.3
2014 102.1 102.1 102.1 104.7
2015 101.6 101.8 101.5 103.5
2016 100.1 99.8 99.3 101.1
2017 98.3 98.5 96.4 100.6
2018 98.5 98.3 95.4 102.1
2019 99.5 99.1 95.9 103.6
2020 99.8 99.1 98.5 101.8
Source: Federal Statistical Office, Swiss Consumer Price Index, https://www.lik.bfs.admin.ch

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Last modification 17.02.2021

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