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6 Leases

Swisscom has applied IFRS 16 “Leases” as at 1 January 2019 and chose the modified retrospective approach for the first-time application. With this approach, right-of-use assets and lease liabilities were recognised in the same amount in the balance sheet. For further information, see Note 1, change in accounting principles.

The leases of Swisscom comprise, in particular, the rental of operation and office buildings, of antenna sites and of network infrastructure. The Italian subsidiary Fastweb sources various access services from other fixed-line operators for use of the access lines to the end customer. Under IFRS 16 part of these access services is classified as a lease. The value of the individual access line fulfils the criteria of an asset of low value. Swisscom will apply the low value exemption of IFRS 16 for these lease arrangements. Accordingly, no right-of-use assets and lease liabilities are recognised for these access services. the costs of which will be reported as direct costs.

Right-of-use assets

In CHF million   31.3.2019   1.1.2019
Land and buildings   1,608   1,575
Technical installations and network infrastructure   107   111
Other right-of-use assets   2   2
Net carrying amount of right-of-use assets   1,717   1,688

Lease liabilities

In CHF million   31.3.2019   1.1.2019
Land and buildings   1,611   1,591
Technical installations and network infrastructure   106   110
Other leases   2   2
Total lease liabilities   1,719   1,703
Thereof current lease liabilities   220   210
Thereof non-current lease liabilities   1,499   1,493

Lease expenses


In CHF million
  IFRS 16
1.1.–31.3.2019
  IAS 17
1.1.–31.3.2018
Depreciation of right-of-use assets   60  
Interest expense on lease liabilities   8  
Expenses from operating leases     52 1
Depreciation of assets under finance leases     7 2
Interest expense on finance lease liabilities     6
Expense from leases of low value assets   34 3  
1 Disclosed under indirect costs.
2 Disclosed under depreciation and amortisation of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets.
3 Disclosed under direct costs.