Swisscom has launched a cloud storage solution for retail and enterprise customers in its latest move to challenge more established IT and digital companies.

Docsafe enables customers to store documents – Swisscom cited bills, salary statements, contract and receipts - in a central archive that can be accessed from any device at any time.

Customers can take pictures of paper documents using their mobile phone and store them directly in their personal file via the Docsafe app for iOS and Android.

Bills and documents received via e-mail can be forwarded and archived directly in Docsafe using the forward feature.

The operator said the average Swiss household receives over 200 documents a year and it hoped to reduce the “tedious task” of keeping track of them all.

Swisscom said it would store the documents in Swiss data centres and will individually encrypt each document.

The service is free, open to Swisscom and non-Swisscom customers, and offers unlimited storage “on a life-long basis”.

An enterprise version is currently in a “start-up phase”.

The operator said it planned to enable companies to use Docsafe to send documents such as bills, contracts or special offers directly to their customers.

If banks also link up to use Docsafe, customers will be able to settle their bills directly from the digital document archive, Swisscom added.

The operator will be taking on companies such as Amazon, Apple, Dropbox and Google in the retail market.

Last month, the operator and Tamedia announced that they plan to work together to develop a Swiss local directory alternative to Google.

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