Ascona4net SA is a subsidiary of Swiss4net Holding AG, which finances various point-to-poin fibre to the home (FTTH) fibre optic networks in Switzerland. Ascona4net built and currently operates the point-to-point FTTH fibre optic network in Ascona
Please call us for independant advice on the best multimedia offer for you from our telecom partners 076 479 60 13
The following table offers you an overview of irresistible multimedia offers for homes and businesses, which you can subscribe to by clicking on the corresponding logo. As soon as new telecom providers become available, the list will be updated.
What is the state-of-the-art point-to-point FTTH fibre optic network from Ascona4net?
With the state-of-the-art point-to-point FTTH fibre optic network from Ascona4net every home and business premise in Ascona has its dedicated fibre optic connection and can benefit from ultra-high Internet speeds of >1Gibt/s, symmetrically for both downloads and uploads and with exceedingly high reliability. The point-to-point FTTH fibre optic network of Asconao4net will be indispensable for everyone living and working in Ascona. As an open point-to-point FTTH fibre optic network, it provides fair access to all telecommunications providers, in order that they, in turn, may provide their modern multimedia services and super-fast Internet to all homes and businesses in Ascona. Therefore Ascona4net promotes free and fair competition.
Why do we need the point-to-point FTTH fibre optic network?
The demand of the general public for high bandwidths is constantly growing. Copper cables and coax cables are already currently reaching their technical limits and are not expandable as well. In contrast, fibre optics guarantee unlimited data capacity at the speed of light. With the point-to-point FTTH fibre optic network from Ascona4net, Ascona are ideally equipped in the verity of data for the communication of the future.
What benefits does the point-to-point FTTH fibre optic network offer?
Everyone benefits from ultrafast data transfer rates > 1 Gbit/s and the new multimedia services. All telecommunications providers are guaranteed access to the open point-to-point FTTH fibre optic network. Customers have free choice and can change their telecommunications provider quickly and easily. Competition provides significantly more attractive prices, a broad variety, and much better quality service.
How sustainable is the point-to-point FTTH fibre optic network?
Optical fibres are extremely efficient. A single optical fibre per household suffices for the needs of the most demanding customers, even should the speeds and data quantities increase in the coming years four or fivefold.
What does open Network mean?
The point-to-point FTTH fibre optic network from Ascona4net is available to telecommunications providers without discrimination. Ascona4net deals exclusively with the construction and network operation of the fibre optic infrastructure. It does not provide any multimedia service.
How does the multi-fibre model work, according to OFCOM?
OFCOM (Federal Office of Communication) published a guideline for the roll-out of FTTH network in Switzerland, to ensure the state-of-the-art quality of the networks. Ascona4net network will be roll-out following the guidelines set out by OFCOM, in particular 4 dedicated fibre per household ensuring capacity for all future use and open access to the infrastructure. All telecommunications services providers can choose to offer their services over these optic fibres which are owned, provisioned and operated by Ascona4net SA. Each residential or business unit is tapped into with four optical fibres, supplied and connected directly from the central office to the optical telecommunications outlet (OTO). For the customers, this present the significant benefit of each having a direct and dedicated connection in their home/business and does therefore not lose any of the subscribed data rate for which they pay, which unfortunately, is often the case today with DSL (copper) and cable TV (coax) offers. This modern FTTH fibre optic network from Ascona4net SA fully complies with the model and the recommendations of OFCOM (Federal Office of Communication), which apply for all of Switzerland.
BAKOM FTTH guidelines
Where can I get information about the offers?
All telecommunications providers will be listed at www.ascona4net.ch. A link will guide you to the offer for each telecommunications provider. You can order your desired multimedia services directly with the respective telecommunications provider.
Am I required to pay a fee as an owner or renter even if I should not need the connection?
No – there is no fee associated with an inactive use of the fibre optic connection.
Where are uniform standards defined?
Uniform standards are defined for the installation in the building as well as for the interfaces between the FTTH fibre optic network and the telecommunications providers on the one hand and the end customers on the other. Deployment of the network is entirely done according to the recommendations of the OFCOM.
Does the state regulate competition?
Companies (cable and copper network providers) which have developed their own telecommunications infrastructure in Ascona and which use it to provide their own multimedia services, do not support the non-discriminatory and open approach. The non-discriminatory model of Ascona4net together with our decision not to provide our own multimedia services, means that unlimited competition is automatically promoted and regulation is therefore not required.
Are multiple networks required to create adequate competition?
There are already multiple networks (copper, cable TV, mobile broadband) at the infrastructure level but unfortunately, these are all discriminatory, that is to say that they are not open to all potential telecommunications providers on a fair basis. For this reason, a single modern point-to-point FTTH fibre optic network, as Ascona4net operates, makes absolute sense. Especially free access for all telecommunications providers to the point-to-point FTTH fibre optic network from Ascona4net provides innovation, ecological sustainability, and competition. The modern point-to-point FTTH fibre optic network also complies with free competition and particularly future data streams in the price/benefit category.
What's next with the point-to-point FTTH fibre optic network from Ascona4net?
The point-to-point FTTH fibre optic network is complete and in operation.
Who built the fibre optic network?
Ascona4net outsourced the development (physical implementation) to local construction and installation companies. In addition, Ascona4net used the already existing pipeline infrastructure of ACE Ascona, which positively affects an economic and ecological construction of the fibre optic network.
How was the fibre optic network built?
Ascona4net connected all properties (up to the flats/businesses) to the modern point-to-point FTTH fibre optic network – if possible via the existing pipeline infrastructure. The fibre optic cable was laid in the pipeline infrastructure and then completed it with a domestic connection box via a cleanly sealed house feed, which is normally in the cellar. An electrical installer feeds the optical fibres with an ultrathin cable through the existing infrastructure (e.g. empty conduit, riser shaft) into the individual flats or commercial spaces. This installer installs an optical telecommunications outlet (OTO) in all end properties, which is then connected to the connection device of the end customer. Ascona4net supported all applications for work and material up to and with the optical telecommunications outlet (OTO). Individual in-flat tapping, i.e. all additional installations necessary in the flats or commercial spaces from the optical telecommunications outlet (OTO), such as data cable or wireless connections (wireless LAN) are not at the expense of Ascona4net.
I would like to build a new construction. What must I do to get connected to the point-to-point FTTH fibre optic network from Ascona4net?
If the construction permit is present, contact Ascona4net at info[at]ascona4net.ch. As soon as we have all necessary information, you will receive an agreement for initial development of your new construction from us.
Will replacement structures be tapped into free of charge as well?
No – secondary developments are always for a fee even if there was a renovation.
How does the multi-fibre model according to OFCOM works?
OFCOM published a guideline for the roll-out of FTTH network in Switzerland, to ensure the state-of-the-art quality of the networks. Ascona4net network will be roll-out following the guidelines set out by OFCOM, in particular 4 dedicated fibre per household ensuring capacity for all future use and open access to the infrastructure. All telecommunications services providers can choose to offer their services over these optic fibres which are owned, provisioned and operated by Ascona4net.
BAKOM FTTH guidelines
Why are there not more FTTH fibre optic networks?
The network rolled out by Ascona4net has almost unlimited capacity and is open to every telecommunications provider, there is therefore no need for additional infrastructure. Multiple developments do not provide any added value, but yield very high economic costs and unnecessary additional expenditure (permits, meetings, decisions in counsels, etc.) for the local authorities. In addition, multiple developments lead to addition construction emissions for the residents and to ecological defects.
How much did the connection in my flat or my commercial property cost?
The connection of a property to the FTTH fibre optic network from Ascona4net as well as the development of each flat and each commercial property up to the optical telecommunications outlet (OTO) was likewise free of charge. The cabling within flats or business spaces is not conducted or financed by Ascona4net. This is offered, planned, and resolved by the many telecommunications providers that are on the non-discriminatory FTTH fibre optic network from Ascona4net.
How much did the connection cost me as a private customer?
The connection of your flat to the FTTH fibre optic network of Ascon4net was free of charge.
How much will the individual multimedia services cost?
Pricing is set with the telecommunications providers, which, due to non-discriminatory competition however, will certainly offer attractive individual or bundled products. The competition emerging as a result in the open FTTH fibre optic network will provide affordable price/performance offers and the unlimited data quantities, for which you pay, will also be provided.
What advantages do I have as a private customer?
The connection was free of charge for you and you did not need to do anything for this. You achieve a much broader variety of entertainment and communication. Thus, you can receive TV in HDTV quality and surround sound. Access to the internet is ultrafast with bandwidth transfer rates of > 1 Gbit/s and symmetrically during uploading and downloading.
Which new multimedia services can I use?
In addition to improved and clear bandwidths, you will also have access to new interactive multimedia services, such as video-on-demand in DVD quality, e-learning or online games, as well as all future services quickly and comfortably. The choice of telecommunications providers and the desired multimedia services is exclusively up to you within the scope of the offers. You can choose the offer that you like the most.
How can I benefit from the competition of telecommunications providers?
Due to the competition of the various telecommunications providers in the open FTTH fibre optic network, you benefit from a vast selection of multimedia services. At the same time, the prices become more attractive and the service is significantly enhanced as a result.
Does the FTTH fibre optic network in my flat consume electricity?
Only the end user connection device (modem, router) normally consumes an extremely small amount of electricity. On average, an output of 4 Watts can be expected. For comparison – a halogen lamp with 200 Watts consumes 50 times more energy.
Does the fibre optic cable generate harmful radiation?
No – the carrier medium of the signals is pure light, which does not emit any radiation. Because the FTTH fibre optic network from Ascona4net provides more accesses for Wi-Fi and mobile communication as well, fewer mobile communication antennas will be required on the entire area in the future. Thus, the FTTH fibre optic network from Ascpma4net can also indirectly reduce the radiation of the current mobile communication antennas respectively advantageously.
Can I choose my telecommunications provider myself?
If your owner has developed the building and your flat/business, you can freely choose from all offers respective to the telecommunications providers. In the open non-discriminatory FTTH fibre optic network, you have the free choice of your telecommunications provider. You can benefit from packages of a single telecommunications provider or combine the multimedia services of different telecommunications providers according to your desires.
How can I further benefit as an owner?
Because your renters finalise all agreements directly with the telecommunications providers, you reduce your administrative expense. In addition, satellite dishes on your house façade become unnecessary with the FTTH fibre optic network from Ascona4net.
What infrastructure must I provide?
Ascona4net assumes the construction costs to your building and installation costs up to the optical telecommunications outlet (OTO) in each premise. You only have to provide access to the infrastructure on your property (empty conduit outside and inside, including riser shaft) which is usually already present.
Where can I get information about the installation?
If you have the construction permit for a new construction, contact Ascona4net at info[at]ascona4net.ch. As soon as we have all the necessary information, you will receive an agreement for the initial development from us. Second developments are always for a fee. For further information, contact us at info[at]ascona4net.ch.
What advantages do business customers have?
You received a connection to the FTTH fibre optic network at no charge and can therefore subscribe to future offers from professional telecommunications providers tailored for business services. For this, the symmetric bandwidth of > 1 Gbit/s is precisely a decisive factor for the performance increase.
What performance gain (added value) can I expect?
Your connections for e-working, video conferences, internet, as well as remote access to company and partner networks become significantly more efficient. The FTTH fibre optic network provides ultrafast, symmetrical and reliable data transfer rates of > 1 Gbit/s.
Can the fibre optics also be used for services, such as dark fibre?
Direct access to the infrastructure of Ascona4net is reserved to telecommunication services providers. If you have special requirements or a specific project relating to the fibre infrastructure, please get in touch with us at info[at]ascona4net.ch and we will try to assist you with your request.
Does Chiasso4net also offer multimedia services?
No, Ascona4net is an infrastructure operator and deals primarily with the construction and operation of the FTTH network infrastructure. Multimedia services are exclusively marketed by the well-known various individual telecommunications providers present on the network.
What do the offers of the individual service providers look like?
Telecommunications providers offer their products, for both residential and business customers, via their own distribution channels. Information about specific services may be sought directly from the respective providers, each which also set their own pricing. However, competition in the open FTTH fibre optic network from Ascona4net will ensure attractive price/performance packages for all customers.
Swisscom is also welcome to offer its multimedia services as a telecom-competitor on our point-to-point FTTH fibre network.
Thanks to the point-to-point FTTH fibre network of Ascona4net, each telecom provider can use the continuous fibre and the end customer can choose their provider independently. Only a point-to-point FTTH fibre network offers a non-discriminatory access for all interested providers and the complete freedom of choice for each end customer.
Where and how do telecommunications providers have access to the FTTH fibre optic network?
Network access to the FTTH fibre optic network from Ascona4net occurs at the transfer points of the provided infrastructure.