Telecommunications Report 2014
With the Telecommunications Report 2014, the Federal Council is presenting a further report on the development of the Swiss telecommunications market. Following reports in 2010 and 2012, with the 2014 Report the Federal Council is therefore fulfilling a parliamentary mandate to analyse developments in the telecommunications market and identify requirements for legislative action. The report also contains information on the Confederation’s majority holding in Swisscom.
New mobile telephony frequencies for Orange, Sunrise and Swisscom
The companies Orange, Sunrise and Swisscom have been allocated mobile telephony frequencies in the auction which took place in early 2012. The allocation concerned on the one hand frequencies which were already free or which would soon become free and on the other hand all those granted to operators in the past; the Communications Commission (ComCom) had launched the procedure to guarantee the future of mobile telephony provision of high quality and at the lowest possible prices.
In Switzerland, anyone who listens to the radio or watches television must, basically, pay the reception fee. This fee has to be payed whatever the broadcasts watched or listened to and whatever the means by which they are received. Reception fees for radio/television programmes are billed and collected by Billag AG, based in Freiburg. Billag AG is also the contact point for any queries, changes of address, registrations and deregistrations, applications for exemptions, etc.
Deployment of optical fibre in Switzerland
In order to allow the development of proposed services and applications on the internet, the speed and capacity of the network have to increase continuously. Current technology will not be adequate in the long term. The deployment of optical fibre to businesses and households must respond to the challenge of tomorrow's information society. The term "Fibre To The Home" (FTTH) describes the telecommunications network which brings optical fibre to households and businesses.
In its "Strategy for an information society in Switzerland", the Federal Council has defined principles and priority measures to promote the information society in Switzerland which are to be implemented in a decentralised but coordinated way by the departments and offices which are responsible for the individual areas.
Elektromagnetic compatibility and environment
OFCOM is the technical competence centre of the Swiss Confederation for the electromagnetic compatibility of telecommunications systems and electrical apparatus.
Specific information and particular topics in relation with offering, placing on the market and using telecommunications equipment.