Swisscom has announced that it is reducing the unbundling price for subscriber connections to its fixed line network from CHF31 (USD31.5) to CHF23.5. The change, effective retroactively to 1 January 2008, has been implemented in response to a regulatory alteration last December in the parameters used for calculating prices. Rival telco Sunrise has responded by saying it considers the lowering of the fee as a step in the right direction, and confirmation that Swisscom’s prices for the last mile were set too high. The TDC-owned subsidiary went on to add that compared with the European average of approximately CHF16, Swisscom’s charges remain steep. Sunrise also reiterated its stance that bitstream access to Swisscom’s fibre/VDSL network should be included in any unbundling decisions, something that the incumbent is keen to avoid. Regulator ComCom is expected to deliver a final ruling on the matter in the coming months.