Swiss full-service provider Salt has announced that it has entered into a long-term partnership with its state-owned rival Swisscom, under which the duo will collaborate on the expansion of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) infrastructure. The new agreement, in combination with similar existing pacts that the company has signed with the likes of Swiss Fibre Net (SFN) and local utility providers, will extend Salt’s FTTH footprint to around three million households by 2025. Meanwhile, Salt notes that most households that will not be connected to FTTH by that date will be addressable through the company’s ‘Gigabox’ offering, which utilises 4G/5G connectivity to deliver TV and internet to customers’ homes. Under this plan, Salt is aiming to be able to provide its ‘Salt Home’ products nationwide by 2025.
Regarding the collaboration with Swisscom, Salt explained that it: ‘will be able to offer and operate its own services through a physical Layer 1, which will allow for fully independent network operations. Both parties have agreed to keep the financial details of the collaboration confidential. Salt will finance the progressive investments from its operational cash flow.’