What would be interesting to know is how St. Gallen funded the effort and whether they hope to break-even or make money. Seven different service providers will certainly keep Swisscom on their toes. It would also be interesting to know how much they are charging for dark-fiber or bandwidth.
ALTDORF, Switzerland — Early this year the town of St Gallen launched its new fibre-optic network. In March the public utility company switched on the first connections in the quarter Im Vogelherd. Thanks to Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH), residents in around 1000 homes and many businesses now have faster, more extensive access to the internet, TV and telephony (Triple Play), and to many additional services offered by seven providers.
Over the next few years, around 6300 homes and 700 businesses will be connected to the new fibre-optic network each year. The St Gallen public utility company and the installation companies involved have been deploying large amounts of special cables and FTTH connection boxes from Daetwyler Cables – and will continue to do so.