22 March 2018
| Alan Burkitt-Gray
The former Orange Switzerland – now called Salt Mobile – is offering 10Gbps fixed-line fibre services in association with a wholesale carrier.
Salt Mobile, owned by Xavier Niel’s
private-equity investor NJJ Capital since 2015, will charge
Sfr39.95 (€34) a month for its service, which includes 300
TV channels and Apple TV.
Niel is the businessman behind France’s Iliad,
which owns Free Mobile. He also owns Monaco Telecom.
Andreas Schönenberger, CEO of Salt Mobile, said:
"We’re very happy to exclusively offer Apple TV 4K
as the set-top box for Salt Fiber customers. The capabilities
of the Apple TV platform allows us to do things we could never
do on traditional set-top boxes and maximizes the customer
experience. I am really proud of the result of this
The Salt service is being rolled out in partnership with
wholesale carrier Swiss Fibre Net (SFN). "Today, the fibre
network is available for inhabitants of more than 30 cities and
regions in Switzerland," said Salt Mobile. "Further
geographical extensions are planned in the coming months and
Schönenberger added: "Today is a great day for Swiss
consumers. After several years of planning, development and
technological tests, Salt is proud to bring to the market its
Fiber Box offer, which will revolutionise the triple play and
In response to Salt's announcement, Swisscom cut its monthly
fees for broadband service from Sfr130 a month to Sfr94
(€111 down to €80).
Salt said that the Fiber Box – the router which
connects the fibre to the Apple TV unit – "was
imagined, created and designed by Swiss designer Alfredo
Häberli and comes in a modular and fresh design, breaking
with the industry’s dull and emotionless
The Fiber Box is equipped with 5GHz quad core processor. It
acts as a media gateway with two 5Gbps USB ports, a 10Gbps
Ethernet interface and four independent gigabit ports. WiFi
runs at up to 2.2Gbps, using 2.4GHz and 5GHz. For those still
using wired phones, the box will provide high-definition voice
on its phone service, with unlimited calls in
SFN is a nationwide fibre network owned by Swiss utility
companies, Energie Wasser Bern, Energie Wasser Luzern, Energie
und Wasser Meilen, St Galler Stadtwerke and Danet Oberwallis.
It has net partnership agreements with a number of other
It provides services to internet companies, over-the-top
companies and mobile operators.
Swiss Fibre Network,