2009 was characterised by numerous events which will have a major impact on the future development of telecommunications in Switzerland. The Federal Communications Commission, ComCom, took further decisions regarding the implementation of the rules which have been in force since 2007 concerning access to the network of the market-dominant provider, Swisscom. In addition, it initiated the process for reallocating all the mobile radio licences which expire at the end of 2013 and 2016 respectively.
Together with OFCOM, it also continued the so-called "Fibre Round Table", which unites the driving forces behind the construction of optical fibre access networks (Fibre To The Home – FTTH). These activities are producing concrete results, not only at the technical level but also in terms of coordination of efficient development of FTTH which promotes competition.
Of particular importance to consumers is the revision of the Telecommunications Services Ordinance, which was adopted by the Federal Council on 4 November 2009. In particular, this ordinance ensures better protection and more comprehensive information for end users. Among other things, this applies to the use of mobile telephones abroad and to the use of value-added services.
Philipp Metzger, Vice Director and Head of Division