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Federal Office of Communications

The Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) deals with questions related to telecommunications, broadcasting and post. In these areas, OFCOM is responsible for tasks relating to regulation and to national authority, in particular ensuring the quality of the universal service and the public service. The Office prepares the decisions of the Swiss government (the Federal Council), the Swiss Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC) and the Swiss Federal Communications Commission (ComCom). OFCOM is also developing international activities.

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Billag will remain the collection agency for radio and television reception fees until the entry into force of a new fee system to be decided in parliament. A new public invitation to tender for the collection agency will be issued once the modalities of the new system have been determined.

Annual report 2013 (30.06.2014)
The 2013 annual report outlines various internet projects of the Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM): the first steps towards amending the legal framework governing the domains ".ch" and ".swiss", the international activities in relation to internet governance, as well as preparations for the redefinition of the SRG’s online editorial presence. In relation to frequencies, OFCOM participated in a working group that analysed the migration from analogue FM frequencies to digital DAB+ frequencies for radio stations. In addition to these projects, there were also numerous internal changes in 2013: a new management team was formed after the departure of several members.

In overall terms, the Société suisse de radiodiffusion (SSR), has available all the key elements of control which enable it to provide efficient management and economical use of the resources at its disposal. These are the conclusions reached by the Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC) at the end of the first of three audit cycles.

If you intend to install and operate wireless radiocommunications during the European Athletics Championships 2014 to be held in Zurich from 12 to 17 August, you must submit a request to OFCOM in advance in order to obtain a temporary licence valid for the duration of the event.

The consultation procedure on the proposed revisions of the Ordinance on Telecommunications Services (OTS), the Ordinance on the Indication of Prices (OIP) and the Ordinance on Addressing Resources in the Telecommunications Sector (OARTS) as well as the new Ordinance on Internet Domains(OID) generated 83 comments.

All mobile telephony frequencies were reallocated by the auction held in February 2012. As a result, certain frequencies will be used in the future by a different operator than hitherto. Orange, Sunrise and Swisscom have until the end of 2014 at the latest to proceed with exchanges in the 900 and 1800 MHz bands. The preparations are underway; the process has been drawn up jointly by the three licensees and approved by the Communications Commission (ComCom). The work will take place at night, between 21 July and 16 August 2014. In the final analysis, nothing will change for customers; they will be able to continue to use their mobile phones as they have done until now. The only possible consequence for users: the work carried out in the summer might cause brief interruptions on the network, but only at night.

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