Monday, May 7, 2007

Swisscom to Activate 16 Mbps VDSL2 Connections

Starting in July, Swisscom Fixnet Wholesale will offer transmission speeds of up to 16 Mbps downstream using its VDSL network. By the end of 2007, Swisscom anticipates the service will be available to 50% of Swiss households access to ultra-high-speed data connections.

Swisscom is introducing this service as a supplement to its nationwide ADSL network.

Swisscom said it is moving quickly to deploy optical fiber to the neighborhood, where a distribution cabinet forwards data to households over copper cables. In addition to the optical fiber expansion, Swisscom is also installing some 5,800 distribution cabinets. Up to the end of 2008 Swisscom is aiming to invest CHF 600 - 700 million in expanding the VDSL network.

At the end of 2006, the number of broadband (DSL and cable) Internet connections in Switzerland was 2.14 million, equivalent to almost 70% of all Swiss households.

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