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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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Indicators on the development of telecommunications in Switzerland with data from various sources. Information is provided about the following topics in particular: price trends, telecommunications networks and the information society in Switzerland. The telecommunications statistics 2012 present the results for the fifteenth year of a liberalized telecommunications market in Switzerland. The documents are available in German and French only. Please click on the desired language above in the Navigation Menu.

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.

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.

Telecom operators should pay cost-based prices for access to the Swisscom network, based on a modern cost calculation model. The Federal Council has revised the relevant Telecommunications Services Ordinance (TSO), because the pricing of unbundled copper connections (last mile) must be based on modern technologies. The revised TSO enters into force on 1 July 2014.

In future, the management of .ch and .swiss internet domain names will be regulated in an independent ordinance. OFCOM is calling upon interested parties to comment on the new draft Ordinance on Internet Domains (OID). The consultation also concerns amendments to the Ordinances on Telecommunication Services (OTS), on the Indication of Prices (OIP) and on Addressing Resources in the Telecommunications Sector (OARTS). For example, it is proposed to double the minimum speed of the broadband internet connection included in the universal service, to improve the indication of prices for offerings on websites and to guarantee that calls to 0800 numbers are always free of charge, regardless of the device or of the caller's contract. The period for submission of comments runs until 17 April 2014.

The internet enriches media markets with new players and business models. The audiovisual world has also gone global. What are the implications? Are we headed for a limitless audiovisual market? Are barriers to free trade needed to preserve social values? How can the European television industry hold its ground in this environment? What are the implications of an increasingly global and non-linear programme services market on broadcasters? Does deregulation help European TV broadcasters to assert themselves against the "new entrants"?

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