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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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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.

Starting a career as a young woman in the field of information and communication technologies (ICT) - why not? On the international day of action "Girls in ICT" on 28 April 2016, OFCOM will show young women prospects for their future careers.

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 Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SRG-SSR) is being allowed to participate in an advertising marketing enterprise with Ringier and Swisscom. Once the Competition Commission (COMCO) had given the go-ahead in December 2015, the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC) assessed the effects of this advertising alliance on the Swiss media landscape. It has reached the conclusion that participation by the SSR-SRG is possible. The DETEC does not currently discern any substantial restriction of the development potential of other media enterprises. In a second decision, the Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) finds that the current SSR-SRG licence does not permit it to broadcast targeted advertising in its programmes. The general legal framework for this will have to be established before the introduction of this new type of SSR-SRG advertising.

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.

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