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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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In 2015 Swiss Post offered payment transaction services in accordance with the legislation. The accessibility of cash services met the standards set by the Federal Council. This is the conclusion reached by the Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) on the basis of an inspection of Swiss Post's annual report on the fulfilment of the universal service mandate in relation to payment transactions.

Switzerland should consistently exploit the opportunities of digitisation in all areas of life. To this end, the Federal Council today adopted the "Digital Switzerland" strategy. This has immediate effect and will be continuously developed in dialogue with representatives from the economy, science, research and civil society. For Switzerland to succeed in the digital arena it is crucial for all stakeholders to work closely together. However, the previous strategy of the Federal Council for an information society in Switzerland, dating from 2012, was relevant only in terms of action by the Confederation.

On 15th April 2016, OFCOM launched a public invitation to tender to award the management mandate for .ch domain names. (registry function). The invitation to tender can be consulted on the simap platform. Interested organisations will be able to submit their candidature until mid-July 2016. In the autumn OFCOM will determine who will assume the registry function from mid-2017 onwards.

The management of the database of .ch internet domain names is to be put out to tender. The SWITCH Foundation contract expires in mid-2017. In mid-April, the Federal Office of Communications OFCOM will launch the public invitation to tender to designate the registry manager which will ensure the organisation and central administration of the .ch domain.

The 16th and 17th stages of Tour de France 2016 (from 18th to 20th July) will be hold partially in Switzerland. If you intend to use any wireless devices (i.e. mobile radios, walky-talkies, wireless cameras, wireless data transmission or SNG) on Swiss territory, you need a temporary radio licence. To obtain a temporary licence please send an application to the Federal Office of Communications OFCOM.

Radio and television (16.10.2015)
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.

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