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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 Federal Council today issued a new telecommunications report which gives the go-ahead for revision of the Telecommunications Act. The Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC) has been tasked with preparing a suitable bill by the end of 2015. Individual issues which are not ready for a decision at present will be regulated during a second, later stage.

The Federal Council is paving the way for the migration from analogue VHF to digital DAB+ technology for local radio. It adopted the partial revision of the Radio and Television Ordinance (RTVO), which simultaneously optimises support for new technologies and provides various additional support measures for radio and television stations.

As part of the universal service, the minimum data rates for broadband internet connections will be doubled. This is one of the consequences of the Federal Council's approval of various amendments to ordinances in the telecommunications sector. These amendments improve transparency and the indication of prices for telecommunications services and value-added services and strengthen the means available to the Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) in order to combat frequency spectrum interference. Management of the ".ch" and ".swiss" domains will in future be regulated in an independent Ordinance on Internet Domains (ODI), the text of which has also been approved by the Federal Council. These new provisions will enter into force on 1 January 2015 and 1 July 2015, respectively.

The radio and television statistics from the Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) are based on the annual activity report that all broadcasters holding a licence granted by the Confederation or with an expenditure of over CHF 200'000 are obliged to submit.

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.

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.

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