Ofcom opens consultation on Telecom Act revisions

9 Dec 2019

Swiss telecoms watchdog the Federal Office of Communication (Ofcom) has opened consultation on planned revisions of the implementing provisions of the Telecommunications Act. The Act was adopted in March this year, but Ofcom notes that elements of the regulations implementing the new law must be revised. Ofcom notes that the revision centres primarily on the Ordinance of Telecommunications Services, specifically areas covering: registration of telecommunication service providers, international roaming billing procedures, quality measurements, emergency calls and safety communications. Other changes include a complete revision of the Ordinance on Frequency Management and Radio Licences which will be replaced by an entirely new Ordinance on Radio Frequencies, though Ofcom states that the changes will principally be ‘technical adjustments’. Similarly, the Federal Council has proposed updates to the Ordinance on Telecommunications Installations, the Ordinance on Electromagnetic Compatibility and the Ordnance on Telecommunications Fees. The consultation period is due to last until 25 March 2020.