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3 Operating costs

Direct costs


In CHF million
  1.1.–
30.9.2018
  1.1.–
30.9.2017
Customer premises equipment and merchandise   819   774
Services purchased   421   341
Costs of obtaining a contract   250   208
Costs to fulfill a contract   30  
Traffic fees of foreign subsidiaries   324   284
International traffic fees   201   223
National traffic fees   74   81
Total direct costs   2,119   1,911

Indirect costs


In CHF million
  1.1.–
30.9.2018
  1.1.–
30.9.2017
Salary and social security expenses   2,053   2,136
Other personnel expense   45   50
Total personnel expense   2,098   2,186
         
Information technology cost   204   216
Maintenance expense   236   202
Rental expense   151   151
Energy costs   83   76
Advertising and selling expenses   147   164
Consultancy expenses and freelance workforce   131   126
Administration expense   73   81
Allowances for receivables   53   65
Miscellaneous operating expenses   484   439
Total other operating expense   1,562   1,520
         
Capitalised self-constructed assets   (245)   (234)
Income from legal proceedings     (102)
Miscellaneous income   (76)   (31)
Total capitalised self-constructed assets and other income   (321)   (367)
         
Total indirect costs   3,339   3,339

Capitalised costs of self-constructed assets include personnel costs for the production of technical installations, the construction of network infrastructures and the development of software for internal use.