Switzerland’s Federal Communications Commission (ComCom) has awarded the universal service licence covering 2018-2022 to state-owned full service provider Swisscom. The regulator conducted a survey last year of operators that were capable of providing universal services in principle, but found that Swisscom was the only party interested in providing universal telecommunication services. As such, ComCom opted to forgo a tender and simply award the licence directly to Swisscom. Swisscom’s current universal service licence is due to expire in December 2017, but the requirements of the new concession are slightly different, having been modified by the Federal Council in December last year. Under the revised rules the minimum data transmission rate for internet access will be increased to 3Mbps/300kbps (download/upload).
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