The Broadcasting (BCS) division, which employs around 200 staff and has transmitters and relay stations at over 400 locations, is to remain part of Swisscom. The business is to be grown and transferred to a subsidiary company. Broadcasting is a specialised sector and contributes less than 2 percent to the Swisscom group"s overall revenues.
Swisscom announced on 13 September 2000 that it was considering selling the Broadcasting division. The reasoning behind this plan was the systematic focussing of the company´s activities on its core telecommunications business. In making its assessment, Swisscom also took into consideration the security and political concerns raised once again in the Swiss Parliament over the last few weeks.
After carefully considering all the offers received and making a detailed assessment, it was decided that the best solution would be to continue to develop this successful area of business within the Swisscom group. Swisscom Broadcasting is a specialised sector, the activities of which include the transmission of television and radio channels for SRG SSR idée suisse (The Swiss Broadcasting Corporation) and numerous other private organisations, and the provision of associated services. Amongst Swisscom Broadcasting´s most important customers are the cable network operators. Broadcasting is a niche business with regard to its technology, market and customers. The Broadcasting division has more than 3000 transmitters and relay stations at more than 400 locations in one of the world´s most dense television and radio networks, and also has decades of experience in the operation of these installations.