Success for SWITCH: the Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) has chosen the foundation in a public tender to operate the registry for the top-level domain .ch. According to OFCOM communication, its candidature stood out for the combination of an excellent concept for combating cybercrime and a good price/performance ratio. This means that SWITCH will continue in its role as a highly capable registry for a further five years beyond 2017.
The wait is now over: SWITCH will be responsible for the operation and security of Swiss Internet addresses ending in .ch until at least 2021. The Zurich-based foundation will continue to ensure that .ch domain names are available at all times.
OFCOM launched the tender process for the .ch registry at the start of 2016. Winning the contract was very much in SWITCH’s interest as it brought the Internet to Switzerland almost 30 years ago and, having created the registry for .ch domain names, has successfully operated it ever since. SWITCH clearly submitted the most convincing offer to OFCOM and was thus able to stand out from the international competition. The criteria examined were price, combating cybercrime, experience, community, economic independence and DNSSEC. SWITCH’s Managing Director Andreas Dudler is delighted: “We are very proud that OFCOM has decided in our favour and will continue to work hard to ensure that .ch domains remain among the most secure in the world. To this end, we work closely with authorities and partners in the Internet industry throughout the world, not just in Switzerland.”
The Federal Council has declared .ch a critical infrastructure. It requires special protection because large parts of public life would grind to a halt if it were to break down. SWITCH has always endeavoured to keep this infrastructure operating securely and stably. The foundation has played a pioneering role in the fight against cybercrime. It was the first registry to begin taking decisive action against the distribution of malicious software and the theft of personal login details for online services.
As a partner of the Swiss universities, SWITCH provides stable ICT services with high levels of availability. Its know-how in this field will also add significant value for the registry going forward.
The new contract with OFCOM has a term of five years and can be extended for a further five years by mutual consent.