In April 2016, OFCOM launched a public invitation to tender to award the management mandate for .ch domain names (registry function from mid-2017). SWITCH submitted the best bid and as a result was awarded the mandate).
The registry function for the management of .ch domain names is already provided by the SWITCH Foundation. The transparent public invitation to tender procedure via the Simap platform (Swiss electronic public procurement platform) ensured that SWITCH and the other candidates were able to compete on a level playing field. SWITCH is regaining the mandate because its bid best met the criteria published in the invitation to tender. Of particular note was its outstanding approach to combating cyber-crime.