Federal Council greenlights Telecommunications Act amendments

19 Nov 2020

Switzerland’s Federal Council has passed revised implementation provisions for the Telecommunications Act based on the partial revision of the legislation which was passed by parliament in March 2019. The amendments are intended to modernise and update the legislation and whilst sector watchdog the Federal Office of Communications (Ofcom, or Bundesamt fur Kommunikation, Bakom) notes that many of the adjustments are ‘of a technical nature’, they also result in further improvements in consumer protection. Areas touched on by the amendments include the registration of service providers, billing modalities for international roaming, cybercrime and management of personal data. Spectrum management, meanwhile, has received a more substantial overhaul, with the Ofcom noting that the current legislation on frequency management and radio licenses will be completely replaced by a new ordinance on radio frequency spectrum.

The provisions relate to the following seven ordinances and take effect from 1 January 2021: Ordinance on Telecommunications Services (FDV); Ordinance on Addressing Elements in the Telecommunications Sector (AEFV); Ordinance on Internet Domains (VID); Ordinance on the Use of the Radio Frequency Spectrum (VNF); Ordinance on Telecommunications Systems (FAV); Ordinance on Electromagnetic Compatibility (VEMV); and Ordinance on Fees in the Telecommunications Sector (GebV-FMG).

Switzerland, Federal Office of Communications (Ofcom)