On Thursday, Switzerland’s competition commission (COMCO) stated, it has opened an investigation into Swisscom, a telecoms provider, and ordered the adoption of immediate precautionary measures to allow competitors access to networks during expansion of its optical fiber network.
Swisscom is expanding its fibre optic home network, and aims to double the number of connections by 2025 to reach a further 1.5 million households.
COMCO opined Swisscom’s expansion risked excluding other participants from the market that could amount to misuse of its market-leading position.
“In areas that it is expanding on its own, it is changing the design of the network in such a way that competitors no longer have direct access to the network infrastructure,” said COMCO in a statement. “For this reason, the Competition Commission is immediately taking precautionary measures to prohibit Swisscom from denying competitors access to end-to-end lines during expansion of the fibre optic network”.
In a statement Swisscom said, it plans on defending itself against COMCO’s allegations and will be filing an objection against precautionary measures ordered by the regulator.
“Swisscom offers all its competitors broad access to its networks on a non-discriminatory basis on terms that are regulated or commercially agreed,” said the company in a statement. “Swisscom fails to understand the allegations made by COMCO, will analyse them in detail and decide on the further course of action”.