The Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) is present at large events to ensure the functionality and security of wireless communications, for example at major sporting events, World Cup skiing, horse races and cycle races. On these occasions, the OFCOM specialists ensure that: the equipment is operating on the appropriate frequencies, any sources of interference are identified, and inform those affected by interference about suitable measures to overcome this.
A common basis. This is what lets communication come alive. A common language, common standards, common channels. None of which can be taken for granted. OFCOM helps to create this common basis. It promotes technical standards, assigns frequencies, and participates in awarding licences. OFCOM prepares everything that the Federal Council and the Federal Communications Commission need to make policy decisions. Such decisions are politically and economically important for Switzerland. OFCOM serves as a partner to local radio stations, national television stations, telephone companies, manufacturers, retailers, users and operators of telecommunications installations, internet service providers and postal service providers. The number of frequencies is limited. Non-conforming telecom installations can substantially disturb the traffic. This is why regulations are needed: so that all can communicate freely. And communication means information. Also, in the postal sector, since July 2012 OFCOM has been responsible for reviewing the support measures targeted at the printed media. OFCOM only steps in as a regulating body when this is necessary. Its role is to guarantee the population access to a high-quality universal service in relation to telecommunications, radio & television and the post. OFCOM sets limits to communication so that everyone has unlimited access to communication.