Swiss fixed line incumbent Swisscom has begun offering 1Gbps broadband services to residential subscribers, the company announced in a press release. Previously limited to corporate and business users, the expansion of Swisscom’s fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network has enabled the telco to offer the service to more than 650,000 potential customers. The telco claims to have invested CHF1.75 billion (USD1.9 billion) on infrastructure developments this year, in a bid to stay ahead of growing demand for data services and bandwidth-intensive applications such as video-calling and streaming high definition (HD) movies. Supporting the 1Gbps tariff, Swisscom has launched a new ‘Internet-Box’ wireless router with an interactive display, parental controls and easy access for guest users.
The high speed package is available to users of the telco’s premium double-/triple-play package, Vivo Casa (Five Star) for an additional CHF100 per month. Customers on the package can also bump up speeds to 300Mbps for CHF20 per month, or have guaranteed speeds of 100Mbps (currently the theoretical maximum on the tariff) for CHF5 per month.