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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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The OFCOM statistics has a new format: A new clear matrix on the OFCOM website helps readers to quickly access the desired information. OFCOM collects, presents and analyses a multitude of quantitative data in relation to telecommunications, radio and television.

OFCOM and SWITCH have renewed their contractual relationship concerning the management of ".ch" domain names until mid-2017. This allows the proper conclusion of the current migration of holders of ".ch" internet addresses that are direct customers of SWITCH to independent marketers of domain names.

The electorate can vote on the revision of the Federal Radio and Television Act (RTVA) on 14 June 2015. This should replace today's device-dependent reception fee with a universal fee and will be adapted to technological developments. As the fee would be paid by more households, it will be possible to reduce the fee per household from CHF 462 to CHF 400 per year. For companies, the fee is graduated according to turnover, and companies with a low turnover will not have to pay fees. According to the Head of DETEC Doris Leuthard, speaking in Berne today regarding discussions of the Federal Council's position, the new system is simple and fair. Revision of the RTVA will also strengthen local radio and television stations with public service mandates.

A report, approved today by the Federal Council, analyses the general conditions which currently regulate the construction of mobile communication antennas. Drawn up in response to two postulates, it outlines possible solutions enabling the Swiss networks to cope with the foreseeable increase in traffic, in particular data traffic.

The purpose of the universal service is to guarantee that a basic telecommunications services offer is made available to all sections of the population and in all the regions of the country. These services must be affordable, reliable and of a certain quality. The universal service includes telephony, telefax, data transmission, broadband internet connections, access to the emergency services, public payphones and the provision of special services for the disabled.

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.

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