ComCom provisionally extends three GSM licences

10 Apr 2008

Switzerland’s Federal Communications Commission (ComCom) has provisionally extended the GSM mobile telephony licences of Orange, Sunrise and Swisscom, due to expire at the end of May 2008, until 31 December 2013 at the latest. The move is intended to bridge the delays in the renewal of the three expiring GSM licences which have arisen as a result of appeals procedures. Legal action was brought before the federal administrative court against the procedure for renewal of the expiring GSM licences proposed by ComCom in spring 2007, causing delays in the current licensing procedures. ComCom has provisionally extended the current licences since it cannot be guaranteed that a legally enforceable decision will be taken by the time the current GSM licences expire on 31 May 2008. As soon as a legally enforceable decision has been made concerning the outstanding appeals, ComCom will determine how to proceed. The provisionally extended licences will have to be replaced as quickly as possible by new licences which take better account of technological developments.