Internet connection and domains
Several internet providers are at the service of Swiss to offer a mobile or fixed internet connection. But what are the main features of almost unlimited access to the information universe?
The internet connection
By comparing it with its neighboring countries, Switzerland was always the first to use the internet connection. According to statistics, this has been the case for more than 10 years. But how can we connect to the internet?
Connection via telephone line: the most common way, it is generally established via ADSL
Via cable networks: the frequencies of TVs (less common for reasons of bandwidth limitation) or via fiber optics which is becoming more and more popular nowadays.
The satelite link is not accessible to the general public.
By these advanced technologies, it can be considered that in Switzerland the proportion of users of fixed networks is almost 50% (according to ITU World Telecommunication, ICT Indicators Database). This proportion is only higher in Monaco in the world.
This leading position is also thanks to the large international organizations that need the fixed connection. Moreover, according to statistics, more than 75% of the world has access to the 3G mobile connection.
The first domain name appeared in 1985. The idea originally came from the United States and serves to identify the country where the domain was created. Seeing the expansion of the network, this appeared to be the best choice to facilitate user orientation. By the way, the .com extension was the first to become available in other countries, too.
What is also special about domain names is that they do not belong to the buyer for life, they are only rented from a registrar.
In Switzerland, the .ch extension has existed since 1987. The organization responsible for maintaining this database is the Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM), with the help of the provider SWITCH, which in fact manages the names of domains ending with .ch.