With a population of over 8.4 million people, Switzerland is the #16 globally-ranked country on Cloudscene based on data center density. Switzerland has a GDP of US $679 billion, and the country’s top service providers include Colt Technology Services, Swisscom and Init7. Switzerland has 89 internet users per 100 citizens, while its connectivity ecosystem is made up of 105 colocation data centers, 229 cloud service providers and 9 network fabrics.
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Market Overview
Market Overview

Switzerland is a multilingual, landlocked country located in between Germany, France and Italy. Switzerland maintained a stance of neutrality from 1815 up until 2002, when it joined the United Nations. Switzerland has a population of over 8.40 million and an internet literacy rate of 89% (7.31 million internet users).

Data Center & Telecommunications Economy

The total GDP of Switzerland is over US $679 billion and with a contribution of 4.5% from the digital economy, Switzerland’s data center industry is thriving. Besides its data centers, the nationa’s digital economy includes 3.30 million fixed line telephone subscriptions and 10.81 million mobile telephone subscriptions.

Data Center Markets

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

There are 105 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 229 service providers.

Also, being a landlocked country, Switzerland doesn’t have any direct access to submarine cables. Instead, the country relies on transferring international traffic through other technologies and its surrounding neighbours.

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. ZUR 1
  3. ZH1
  4. GV1
  5. ZUR 1.3

Top Data Center Operators

The top five data center operators in Switzerland are:

  1. Swisscom
  2. Equinix
  3. Orange Business Services
  4. Green Datacenter
  5. Colt Technology Services

Top Service Providers

The top five cloud service providers in Switzerland are:

  1. Colt Technology Services
  2. Swisscom
  3. Init7
  4. euNetworks

Energy Distribution

Switzerland has very good coverage of the energy sector, which is an important attribute for any data center market. The nation is energized by 80% renewable or green sources, with the remaining provided by fossil or 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 1.17 and 1.50, with the average PUE for Swiss data centers sitting at 1.31. Switzerland's colocation facilities provide over 190.70 MW of power and has a range of rack power options from 0.90 kW to 2.70 kW.

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: 105
  • Total number of cloud service providers: 748
  • Total number of network fabrics: 19
  • Latest Swiss data center added: ZUR4
  • Latest Swiss data centers service provider: Digital Realty
  • Number of certified colocation facilities in Switzerland: 26