Swiss propose boosting minimum internet speed

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The logo of Swiss telecoms group Swisscom is seen at an office building, in Zurich, Switzerland May 26, 2020. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/File Photo

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ZURICH, Dec 10 (Reuters) - The Swiss government proposed on Friday increasing by a factor of eight the minimum internet speeds that providers of basic service need to ensure.

At present Swisscom (SCMN.S) has the concession to provide basic service, which runs until the end of next year.

The government noted that increased working from home and homeschooling during the coronavirus pandemic had made clear how important reliable and powerful broadband services are for all sections of the population in all regions.

From 2024, an internet connection with a download speed of 80 Mbit/s and upload speed of 8 Mbit/s will replace the current standard of 10 and 1 Mbit/s, it suggested when putting the proposal out for public comment which runs until March.

Swisscom has been battling regulators in court over which standards it needs to use in rolling out fibre-optic broadband service. read more

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Reporting by Michael Shields; editing by Jason Neely

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