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The Swiss propose to increase the minimum internet speed


The logo of the Swiss telecommunications group Swisscom can be seen in an office building in Zurich, Switzerland on May 26, 2020. REUTERS / Arnd Wiegmann / File Photo

ZURICH, Dec. 10 (Reuters) – The Swiss government on Friday proposed to increase the minimum internet speeds that basic service providers must guarantee by eightfold.

Currently, Swisscom (SCMN.S) holds the license for the basic service, which runs until the end of next year.

The government noted that the increase in home work and home schooling during the coronavirus pandemic has shown how important reliable and powerful broadband services are to all sections of the population in all regions. .

From 2024, an internet connection with a download speed of 80 Mbit / s and a download speed of 8 Mbit / s will replace the current standard of 10 and 1 Mbit / s, he suggested during the publication. of the public comment proposal which runs until March. .

Swisscom has fought with regulators in court over which standards it should use to roll out fiber-optic broadband service. Read more

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Reporting by Michael Shields; edited by Jason Neely

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