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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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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.

The Confederation provides an annual budget of CHF 50 million for indirect press subsidies. This allows Swiss Post to discount the delivery of daily and weekly regional and local newspapers, as well as for publications by non-profit organizations (so-called subscription publications and foundations' publications). The delivery reductions per copy for the year 2015 are CHF 0.23 and CHF 0.14 respectively.

Structural changes are continuing in the media industry, media concentration is increasing and advertising revenue is being diverted from tradition to online media. These are the conclusions reached by the Federal Council in a report created in fulfilment of a motion by the Political Institutions Committee of the National Council. The report also indicates how the media industry could be supported in the short term. However, the Federal Council is cautious about the rapid introduction of new support measures.

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.

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