People gathered around a smart phone.
The Swiss telecommunications market embraces the latest technological developments and ensures a nationwide basic service. © Pixnio

The Swiss enjoy state-of-the art telecommunications. Switzerland's ultra-modern radio and television, mobile, fixed-network telephony and internet infrastructure makes it a highly attractive location for businesses in the telecommunications sector.

All telecommunication in Switzerland exploits the latest technology. Much has happened since the first national medium wave radio transmissions in the early 1930s, and DAB+ has been available throughout Switzerland since 2015.

Mobile telephony is developing even faster. Switzerland is one of the first countries to introduce the new 5G wireless standard. Fixed networks are also gradually being upgraded and telecom companies are increasingly switching to internet-based IP telephony, which takes advantage of Switzerland's large-scale fibre optic coverage.

This infrastructure is one reason why IT companies like Google have offices in Switzerland, and why the operation of server centres, for example in decommissioned army bunkers, is so attractive.

Telecommunications – Facts and Figures

The Swiss telecommunications market is dominated by the incumbent telecoms operator, Swisscom.

Fixed and mobile telephony

One of the first countries to adopt 5G, Switzerland is also investing in ongoing efforts to upgrade its cabling and convert to IP telephony.

TV and radio

In the liberalised market, the public broadcaster SRG SSR has a share of around 30% in television and around 60% in radio broadcasting.


It is not for nothing that Google chose Zurich as the location for its largest base outside of the United States. The internet and how it is used in Switzerland.