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Switzerland

With a population of over 8.29 million, Switzerland is the #15 globally ranked country on Cloudscene based on data center density. A GDP of US $671 billion, the country’s top service providers include Colt Technology Services, Swisscom and Cogent Communications. Switzerland has 88 internet users per 100 and the connectivity ecosystem is made up of 89 colocation data centers, 220 cloud service providers and 9 network fabrics.

Switzerland Overview

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Market Overview

Switzerland is a multilingual landlocked country located between Germany, France and Italy. Switzerland maintained a stance of neutrality since 1815 up until 2002 when it joined the United Nations. Switzerland has a population of over 8.29 million and an internet literacy rate of 88% (7.29 million internet users).

Data Center & Telecommunications Economy

The total GDP of the Switzerland is over US $671 billion and with a contribution of 4.5% from the digital economy, Switzerland’s data center industry is thriving. Besides Canada’s data centers, the digital economy includes 4.14 million fixed line telephone subscriptions and 11.7 million mobile telephone subscriptions.

Data Center Markets

Canada contains several data center clusters throughout the country providing plenty of colocation opportunities. The primary colocation data center markets in Switzerland are:

Being a landlocked country Switzerland doesn’t have any direct access to submarine cables. Instead it relies on transferring international traffic through other technologies and it’s surrounding neighbours. There are 89 Swiss data centers, the majority of these colocation facilities are located in and around Zurich. Large carrier neutral Swiss data centers feature rich ecosystems and state of the art equipment, ensuring maximum uptime and connectivity to over 220 service providers.

Swiss Rankings

Cloudscene compares and ranks data centers, cloud service providers and network fabrics in a given market by a range of different qualities including ecosystem size and network size.

Richest Data Center Ecosystems

The top five colocation facilities in Switzerland are:

  1. ZH4
  2. ZH1
  3. ZUR 1.1
  4. GV1
  5. ZUR 1.3

Top Data Center Operators

The top five data center operators in Switzerland are:

  1. Equinix
  2. Orange Business Services
  3. Colt Technology Services
  4. green.ch
  5. Green Data Center

Top Service Providers

The top five cloud service providers in Switzerland are:

  1. Colt Technology Services
  2. Swisscom
  3. Cogent Communications
  4. Init7
  5. Computerline

Energy Distribution

Energy is a significant issue for data centers and Switzerland has good coverage of the energy sector. Switzerland is energized by 72.4% renewable or green sources, with the remaining provided by fossil/nuclear fuels. This gives Swiss colocation facilities significant opportunities to take advantage of green energy. In addition to green energy, data center consumers enjoy a range of PUE scores between 1.24 and 1.24. The average PUE for Swiss data centers is 1.24. Swiss colocation facilities provide over 80.50 MW of power and has a range of rack power options from 0.90 kW to 4.00 kW.

Natural Disasters

Switzerland is relatively safe from most catastrophic dangers. The most prominent dangers to data centers in Switzerland include floods and storms.

Service Providers

Switzerland’s communications industry is regulated by OFCOM (Federal Office of Communications). Major players in the carrier space include:

  • Swisscom
  • Sunrise
  • Salt

While the top three service providers are:

There are numerous smaller providers as well.

Cloudscene Swiss Facts

  • Total number of Swiss data centers: 89
  • Total number of cloud service providers: 220
  • Total number of network fabrics: 9
  • Latest Swiss data center added: DataHub Biel
  • Latest Swiss data centers service provider: DataHub

  • Number of certified colocation facilities in Switzerland: 13

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