Swisscom, Switzerland’s largest telco by subscribers, has announced plans to upgrade and expand its fixed broadband infrastructure to provide superfast broadband to 2.3 million households and businesses by 2015 and offer download speeds of up to 1Gbps to 700,000 users by the end of this year. Swisscom is deploying a mix of next generation access (NGA) technologies, including VDSL vectoring – which will be rolled out from early 2014 – fibre-to-the-street (FTTS), fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) and fibre-to-the-building (FTTB). Under the expansion plans, by 2015 800,000 homes will be connected via VDSL vectoring, whilst FTTS and FTTB will connect 500,000 and FTTH one million. By 2020 Swisscom expects 80% of households and business to have access to 100Mbps broadband. In addition, by the end of this year, all 700,000 users currently connected to the telco’s FTTH network will benefit from speeds of up to 1Gbps: Swisscom is currently running a trial of the service with 100 subscribers. The state-backed telco expects investments in infrastructure to reach CHF1.75 billion (USD1.88 billion) this year.
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