Swisscom has become the latest European carrier to commit to a massive fiber upgrade project, saying it will spend about $2.3 billion to replace some existing copper with fiber. The company already has had significant success with VDSL 2, to the tune of 1.1 million domestic broadband customers and 95,000 IPTV customers. However, services such as HDTV and other new applications are expected to put a squeeze on DSL's bandwidth capabilities. Also, the telco is facing competition from cable TV companies moving to DOCSIS 3.0 and needs to strive for higher speeds to compete. Europe's broadband market continues to see healthy competition, with incumbents making aggressive moves that are usually inspired in some way by a budding crop of new competitors.
- Light Reading Europe has this report
Swisscom launched IPTV in 2006
Swisscom has seen its share of landline losses