General information and news in the field of telecommunications equipment.
Interference on UMTS mobile telephone networks (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) has been increasing over recent months. Such interference is generated by DECT cordless phones (Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications) purchased outside Europe – for example in the US, South America, Canada or Asia – or on the internet. OFCOM has not excluded the possibility of billing those responsible for importing and operating such cordless phones for the cost of identifying and rectifying the source of interference.
The number of non-compliant mobile telephones on sale in the Swiss market – especially on the internet – is increasing. This was noted by the Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) within the framework of performing its task of market surveillance of telecommunications equipment. In addition to the binding measures taken against market players, OFCOM also wishes to make the users and purchasers of such telephones more aware of this.
Cars, robots, helicopters or even animals: numerous remote controlled toys are available on the Swiss market. Unfortunately, frequently their wireless remote control does not comply with the requirements. OFCOM, which is responsible for market surveillance, has taken binding measures against market players, but also wishes to make purchasers and users of such toys more aware of this.
Since 15 May 2008, the market access conditions for telecommunications equipment in Switzerland are identical to those in force in the member countries of the European Community. In fact, the final two Swiss differences will disappeared: they relate to equipment which cannot be operated in Switzerland but which may nevertheless henceforth be sold there, and to equipment intended for amateur radio operators. In addition, user information requirements are strengthened.
The European Union has now issued a new directive on radio equipment and telecommunications terminal equipment and the mutual recognition of their conformity (the R&TTE Directive).