Two competitors to market leader Swisscom – Sunrise and Iliad-owned Salt – have joined forces to improve access to fiber-based broadband services throughout Switzerland.
The operators have formed Swiss Open Fiber as a joint venture (JV) company, with the aim of building a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network covering 1.5 million households over the next five to seven years. Total investment is expected to be up to CHF3 billion (US$3.1 billion), financed through a mix of debt and equity from a financial partner and wholesale revenue from tenants.
Salt and Sunrise will retain equal minority stakes in the JV, with an as-yet unknown third party holding a further minority stake. The companies said they are in "advanced discussions" with construction partners, potential equity partners and financing banks, and they expect rollout to start in the fourth quarter of 2020. The new chairman of the JV is Marc Furrer, the former president of the Federal Communications Commission (ComCom).
Over the next two years, approximately 60% of service providers (both large and small) will adopt virtualization on a wide scale across their networks, according to the latest survey report from Ovum. Why are providers making these moves? Is there an easy way to start?
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Current network infrastructure and the move to virtualization
Benefits and challenges of network virtualization
How providers can get started
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