06 May 2004
The upgrading of the present exchange and network infrastructures will result in disruption of between ten minutes and two hours after 11 p.m. at night to around 1.6 million telephone lines during the course of the year. Work on the telephone network will last for a period of fourteen months overall.
Customers affected will be notified beforehand in writing. The federal and cantonal governments, local authorities and in particular all emergency services such as the police, fire and ambulance services have already taken the necessary precautions in collaboration with Swisscom. The mobile network will not be affected by the disruption.
Swisscom aims over the next few years to adapt the developments that have gradually arisen over 150 years of telecommunications history to meet new and changed customer, market and communication needs. Swisscom Fixnet is therefore planning to invest around CHF 250 million in upgrading the present infrastructure of the fixed telephone network. The modernisation programme will run until the end of the year and forms part of Swisscom's planned annual investments for 2004 of around CHF 1.3 billion.
The focus is being placed consistently on future-oriented exchange and network solutions as well as high-quality telecommunications services. The upgrade will also facilitate system and network maintenance while reducing energy and operating costs.
This will enable basic service provision, which the federal government has awarded to Swisscom until 2007, to continue to be safeguarded throughout the country thanks to a high-quality network infrastructure.
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Owing to the upgrade of the fixed network, brief disruption will occur to the telephone lines in some towns and villages in the cantons affected.
Berne, 6 May 2004