ComCom to extend Swisscom Universal Service licence

15 Dec 2016

Switzerland’s telecoms watchdog the Federal Communications Commission (ComCom) has confirmed that it will extend Swisscom’s Universal Service (US) licence for a further five years, from the start of 2018 until the end of 2022. In a statement the regulator noted that, of the major operators capable of providing universal services, Swisscom was the only company interested in providing universal services. Due to the lack of interest, no competitive tender can be held, and ComCom will allocate the new licence to Swisscom in June 2017. On 2 December 2016 the Federal Council adopted the revision of the Telecommunications Services Ordinance (TSO), which defines the scope of the universal service in telecommunications from 2018. Under the revised rules the minimum data transmission rate for internet access will be increased to 3Mbps/300kbps (download/upload).

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