Until now, only individual huts were connected to the Swisscom exchange in Kandersteg with kilometre-long copper lines on overhead pylons. Due to the long distances, the only Internet connections possible were those with the lowest data transfer rates. The switch from traditional fixed network telephony to IP (Internet Protocol) telephony was also a challenge in 2019. Due to the topography with many steep slopes, basic service provision could at times not be provided satisfactorily via copper lines, mobile communication or satellite. "We alpine farmers were therefore obviously frustrated," says Hans Rösti.
After a lengthy evaluation, the idea of a mobile communication antenna came up. A consensus was therefore found with many practical advantages for the alpine farmers. "We used to know exactly where weak reception was available out in the fields. To make a phone call, we had to go there first. But that's over now, and from the coming season we alpine farmers can also be reached easily everywhere outside our huts," says Hans Rösti happily. "In the case of an injured animal, for example, I can phone the vet directly out in the field, or even send him a video, depending on the situation. That's a great relief".