Digitalization in Switzerland? There’s still more to do!
That is the conclusion of a study by the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), which SIX and Swisscom commissioned from the prestigious university.

Switzerland is one of the leading OECD countries for life satisfaction; the Swiss economy is one of the most competitive in the world. Yet Switzerland has still not been able to transform its traditional strengths into a digital leadership role.
Did you know, for instance, that Switzerland is ranked in the top three countries for server security? Yet the major data centers are located mostly in the US and the UK. Initiatives in Switzerland to promote start-ups and foster E-government lag behind internationally, too, according to the study.
So what does the digital future of Switzerland look like? The launch event of the study in Berne revealed key ideas for going forward. To address the shortcomings it identifies, the study provides recommendations for Switzerland in the areas of network infrastructure, data protection, the start-up environment, the public sector and society:

• Recommendation #1: Keeping the infrastructure agile and flexible.
• Recommendation #2: Switzerland should advertise its international reputation as a secure custodian for data.
• Recommendation #3: Start-ups need better financing and tax legislation that reflects their requirements.
• Recommendation #4: Automated services based on open data should reduce the workload for state authorities and private companies alike.
• Recommendation #5: Programs to promote digital literacy should pave the way for more online services.

Read more about it here.

The podium discussion in Berne included SIX CEO Urs Rüegsegger, Urs Schaeppi, CEO of Swisscom, Sunnie Groeneveld, Managing Director of Digital Zurich 2025, Hanspeter Rhyner, CEO of Glarner Kantonalbank and Fathi Derder, National Council member from Waadt and President of Le Réseau. Among the guests were many representatives from the world of politics, the media, business and academics. So hopefully we see the first concrete implementations in the coming months.

The complete EPFL study “Switzerland’s digital future – facts, challenges and recommendations” as well as an abridged version are available to download from

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