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38 Service concession agreements

On 21 June 2007 and in accordance with the Swiss Federal Telecommunications Act (TCA), the Federal Communications Committee (ComCom)granted Swisscom a basic-service license for 2008 to 2017. As licensee, Swisscom is required to offer the entire range of the basic service to all sections of the Swiss population throughout the whole territory of Switzerland during the ten-year duration of the license. The license covers the whole territory of Switzerland. The basic service guarantees access to a minimum offering of telecommunication services. Within the framework of the basic service, everyone has the right to a connection which allows national and international telephone calls in real time, the transmission and reception of fax messages and access to the Internet. The basic service also provides for the maintenance of a prescribed number of public telephones per municipality (Publifon). The Federal Council periodically sets price ceilings for basic services.

On 2 December 2016, the Federal Council adopted the revision of the Ordinance on Telecommunication Services (TSO) which defines the content of the basic service in the area of telecommunications from 2018 onwards. From this date on, the traditional analog and digital connections are replaced by a multifunctional connection. Furthermore, the minimum data transmission rate for the access to the internet is increased to 3000/300kbits/s and the services for disabled individuals upgraded. The Federal Communication Committee (ComCom) has granted Swisscom a universal service license for the years 2018-2023.