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Mobile radio frequencies for 5G awarded in Switzerland

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Mobile radio frequencies for 5G awarded in Switzerland

The Federal Communications Commission (ComCom) has successfully awarded new mobile radio frequencies. All three current operators, Salt, Sunrise and Swisscom, could acquire a wide range of new frequencies in an auction.

New radio and television fee

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Radio and television fee

In principle, all Swiss households as well as businesses and collective households pay a fee for radio and television. A new feature is that the obligation to pay the fee is no longer dependent on whether equipment which makes it possible to receive radio or television programme services (radios or TV sets, smartphones, tablets or computers with internet access) is present.

Mobile communications: evolution towards 5G

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Mobile communications: evolution towards 5G

Every year the quantity of data exchanged on the mobile network doubles. The introduction of the 3rd generation 3G (UMTS) in the middle of the 2000s, and then the rollout of the 4th generation 4G (LTE) from 2012 onwards has made it possible to cover requirements, until now. These technologies, however, are now reaching their limits. The introduction of 5G will make it possible to appreciably increase data transmission capacities.

The Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) is active in the media, telecommunications & postal services and information society sectors in Switzerland. The Office ensures a stable and progressive communications infrastructure, lays the foundations for a strong Swiss media center and coordinates the implementation of the "Digital Switzerland" Strategy. 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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Almost 4.2 million DAB+ radios sold – FM consumption falls to 18%

As at the end of 2018, 4.19 million DAB+ radios had been sold in Switzerland. Two-thirds of all Swiss citizens now receive their radio programmes digitally, while only 18% of the population still listen exclusively to FM. According to studies available to OFCOM, the proportion of vehicles equipped with DAB+ radios also rose sharply last year.

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Please do not disturb

Internet and stores abroad are full of interesting offers for wireless devices (drones, remote controlled toys, radio equipment, repeater,...). All are using frequencies to communicate with each other or with their base. If they operate on frequencies which are not assigned to them, they can cause disturbances. Before a purchase, watch OFCOM's video, you will find the points you should keep in mind.

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