ComCom extends Swisscom universal service licence

19 May 2022

Swiss telecoms watchdog the Federal Communications Commission (ComCom) has extended the universal service licence of state-backed incumbent operator Swisscom for an additional year. In a statement from the watchdog, ComCom explained that the decision was due to the ongoing amendment of the laws concerning the universal service for telecommunications, through which the Federal Council are looking to revise the scope of the service. Specifically, in December 2021 the government proposed that the internet access speeds that must be offered by the universal service provider be increased to 80Mbps/8Mbps (download/upload) from its current 10Mbps/1Mbps. Swisscom’s current licence due to expire at the end of 2022 but due to the ongoing amendment process the regulator noted that ‘there is no stable legal basis for reallocating the universal service licence’. As such ComCom opted to extend the current licence, with no changes to the content of the licence, until the end of 2023.

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