Amendment to the Law on Telecommunication

The amendment to the Law on Telecommunications (LTC; or Federal Act on Telecommunications [FTA]) of 30 April 1997 was adopted by theparliament on 24 March 2006. At its meeting of 9 March 2007 the Federal Council decided to bring the revised Law on Telecommunications and the decrees based on it into force on 1 April 2007. The revision primarily concerns unbundling of the last mile and consumer protection.

The key points of the amendments are in particular

  • Opening up of the last mile (fully unbundled access to the local loop / fast bitsteam access)
  • Consumer protection
  • Abolition of licences for telecommunication services

For further information on the amendment of the LTC please visit the website of the OFCOM.

New Law on Radio and Television

On 24 March 2006, the parliament adopted the new Law on Radio and Television (LRTV) dated 21 June 1991. The Federal Council has adopted the new Decree on Radio and Television (DRTV). It includes the implementing provisions for the Law on Radio and Television (LRTV) which has also been completely amended. Both enactments enter into force on 1 April 2007. Amongst other things, the new decree specifies the regulations governing advertising and sponsorship, fee splitting, the technical broadcasting of radio and television programes, as well as reception fees.

The key points of the amendments are in particular:

  • Securing the current position of the SRG SSR idée suisse
  • New features relating to advertising and sponsorship: Loosening of the the general conditions for private broadcasters
  • Substantial expansion of the proportion of the revenue from reception fees in favour of local and regional private broadcasters (splitting)

For further infomation on the amendment of the LRTV please visit the website of the OFCOM.


A television pattern generator is most commonly used to provide a television station with a complex test card and consists of various, colored and black and white fields, a big circle and a grid for geometrical settings, a grey wedge for the control of the contrast and brightness, several fields with arranged lines for the testing of the resolution. This pattern generator (Philips PM5544) has been in use since the dawn of colour television and is the most commonly used test card generator.