Adapting the universal service in relation to telecommunications to needs and to technological developments: this is the objective of the revision of the Telecommunication Services Ordinance (TSO) put out for consultation by the Federal Office of Communications OFCOM. From 2018 onwards, it is expected that internet access will no longer be linked to the rental of a telephone line. The user will be able to benefit from a higher speed than at present, i.e. 3000/300 kbit/s. The subscription price for a fixed telephone will have to include all calls to the fixed and mobile networks in Switzerland. Its price will be limited to CHF 27.20 per month. In addition, the obligation to provide a public telephone in every municipality will be lifted. Interested parties have until 1 December 2015 to express their opinion.
In the context of the procedure for awarding the next universal service licence, the Federal Office of Communications is putting out for consultation the draft revision of the TSO, the ordinance which defines the content of this universal service. The amendments take into account the needs of consumers and businesses as well as technological developments. The current licence, awarded to Swisscom, will expire at the end of 2017.
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