Suisse Digital takes over activities of openaxs

9 Jan 2020

Swiss cable network operator association Suisse Digital has taken over the activities of fellow industry group openaxs, stepping up its efforts to facilitate competition with state-owned incumbent Swisscom. In a joint statement from the two bodies, the pair noted that openaxs – which represents many of Switzerland’s energy and utility providers – has promoted the construction of non-discriminatory fibre networks since 2008, and initiated the establishment of infrastructure joint venture Swiss Fiber Net (SFN). More recently, however, the group has struggled with the ‘quasi-monopoly of Swisscom under the framework of the new telecommunications law’. As noted by TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, revisions to the Law on Telecommunications were finalised last year but the government refused to extend unbundling obligations to Swisscom’s fibre access lines, instead limiting requirements on the incumbent to its copper-based infrastructure only. Consequently, the directors of openaxs sought a partner that could effectively work towards reforming the regulatory framework for access to fibre infrastructure, and found that Suisse Digital’s broader remit offered its members the ‘best future solution’. As such, openaxs ceased business activities at the end of 2019, and its members have begun integrating into Suisse Digital.

Switzerland, Swisscom