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The OFCOM

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 Council of States wants the public service in radio and television to be funded in future by a new, device-independent fee. The new fee will - with some exceptions - be paid by all households and businesses; it will replace the current reception fee and will be somewhat lower. In its decisions of 19 June 2014 the Council of States consistently followed the proposals of the Federal Council - as had the National Council before it. In the context of the partial revision of the Radio and Television Act (RTVA), the Council of States also adopted a number of measures giving private radio and television stations greater flexibility and making licensing procedures simpler. The matter will now pass on to the procedure for reconciling differences between the two chambers of parliament.

In 2013, Swiss Post Ltd guaranteed the population the possibility of opening and managing an account for payment transactions and for making transfers, deposits and withdrawals. It offered services for payment transactions in accordance with the legal requirements and met the obligation of the Federal Council in relation to accessibility. This finding results from an examination of the annual report on the fulfilment of the universal service obligation regarding payment which Swiss Post Ltd submitted for the first time to the Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM), which has been responsible for surveillance in this area since the entry into force of the new postal legislation.

Operators did not encounter any major problems during the exchange of frequencies on the mobile network. The work took place at night, as planned, between 21 July and 16 August. The preparations made jointly by Swisscom, Orange and Sunrise with the support of the Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) meant that disruption was limited to a few brief interruptions on the network at times of low usage.

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.

Billag will remain the collection agency for radio and television reception fees until the entry into force of a new fee system to be decided in parliament. A new public invitation to tender for the collection agency will be issued once the modalities of the new system have been determined.

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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