Swisscom ordered to provide bitstream access at cost

23 Nov 2007

Swisscom has been ordered by the Federal Communications Commission (ComCom) to provide bitstream access to its rivals at cost-based prices over the next four years, citing the former monopolist’s dominant market position. The ruling follows TDC’s local unit Sunrise’s request to ComCom to obtain a ruling in principle on the question of Swisscom’s market dominance. The Swiss Parliament had previously decided to open up the last mile, including full local loop unbundling (LLU) and wholesale bitstream access. However, Swisscom has so far failed to submit price proposals to its competitors, saying it does not consider itself to have a dominant position in the Swiss market, estimating its share of the broadband market at under 50%, which it claims is significantly lower than many other European telcos. Swisscom has 30 days to decide whether to appeal the ruling before the Federal Administrative Court.

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