As a result of the digitisation of broadcasting services, frequencies were liberated – the "digital dividend"; these frequencies are now available for mobile radio services. For the Frequency Management Division it was crucial to prepare the introduction of mobile radio services in the frequencies of the "digital dividend" in Switzerland and in Europe for the coming years. Another key area was the technical preparation of the next year's planned re-assignment of the frequencies for mobile radio services in Switzerland.
With OFCOM's take over of the tasks from the Federal Inspectorate for Heavy Current Installations (ESTI) concerning the electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), OFCOM's portfolio of tasks was extended accordingly.
The acquisition of a new short-wave direction finder and new radio receivers for the Radio Monitoring Section represented a major investment for the future. Finally, it was possible to reconfigure the VHF landscape in the Zurich area with the technical support of OFCOM's frequency specialists.
Peter Pauli, Head of Division