VC Services information - Switzerland, SWITCH

Information about VC resources and services from SWITCH:

Basic information

  • Type of service
    H.323 (IP)
    H.320 (ISDN)
  • General usage policy
    Service available for free for people from the Swiss academic and higher education and research community,
    Profit oriented service possible: yes
  • GDS connection
    GDS prefix: 0041
  • Offical site for SWITCH videoconference services
    Languages: English
  • Contact points
    Technical contact:
    Fabio Vena
    Tel: +41 44 2681501,


  • MCU
    Polycom MGC-100 (H.323/H.320, 24 ports)
  • Gatekeeper
    Radvision ECS for Swiss national gatekeeper,
    GnuGK for GDS/firewall traversal
  • Clients
    Software: Polycom PVX, VCON vPoint, eConf, NetMeeting, ohphone X, gnomemeeting
    Hardware: Polycom ViaVideo, Polycom ViewStation SP/EX/VSX7000, VCON ViGO, Tandberg 1000, Sony PCS-TL50
  • Collaboration Service
    Breeze Server, Marratech Server

Middleware, network

  • Directories - access restricted GDS directory
  • MCU reservation - access restricted MCU reservation system
  • % of customers/users multicast enabled -
    the SWITCH backbone is multicast enabled and approximately 10% of the customers have implemented on their premises
  • Quality of Service -
    No QoS in the backbone because of overprovisioning. Also no institution has implemented QoS yet, allthough it would be advisable sometimes. SWITCH is actively participating in European activities on PERT (
  • % of your customers who have the appropriate bandwidth needed for high-quality VC -
    approximately 80%


  • Multpoint Control Unit (MCU) with web based reservation and control system
  • Groupcollaboration services: Breeze, Marratech
  • Videoconferencing Helpdesk
  • (inter-)national project consulting
  • e-Conferencing competence centre
  • User groups -
    Research communities, management meetings, education, students

Future plans

  • Integration of VC, Collaboration, Streaming in our Portal
  • Integration of SIP/H.323/H.320 (ENUM)