Swiss government upgrades its telecoms act
The Swiss Federal Council has adopted a partial revision of the Telecommunications Act (TCA), and the draft legislation will now be dealt with by parliament. The revision covers broadband services that are replacing traditional telecoms services and gives greater weight to consumer concerns, promotes competition and deregulation, and simplifies administration.
On the consumer protection side, there are measures to combat unwanted telemarketing calls more effectively, and transparency regulations will oblige internet providers to distinguish between different types of content. They must also provide information about the quality of their services, such as internet access speed. The draft legislation also enables the Federal Council to combat high international roaming prices. There are competition measures that will force dominant providers to give access to their networks, including shared use of installations inside building. A licence to use spectrum will be required only in exceptional cases.
In addition, spectrum trading and the shared use of infrastructure for mobile communication will be encouraged. The general obligation to register a telecoms service providers will be abolished. A legal basis will be established for blocking internet sites with forbidden pornography and telecoms service providers will be obliged to take measures to provide protection from cyber-attacks.
Meanwhile, as TeleGeography reports, a group of nine Swiss telecoms service providers and industry stakeholders has issued a joint statement urging the Federal Council to also revise the TCA to prevent the establishment of a new monopoly on combined fibre-optic and copper technologies, i.e. fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC), fibre-to-the-street (FTTS) and fibre-to-the-building (FTTB). The Federal Council is also running a first Digital Switzerland conference on 20 November 2017.
- Tuesday, 19 September 2017