The Swiss Federal government (Federal Council) has adopted a set of draft amendments to the Telecommunications Law of 1997.
Key features of the proposed text, which still has to be voted by Parliament (Federal Assembly) are:
- Abolition of the concession system for most networks and services, and its replacement by a simple notification procedure (a concession system is maintained for universal service provider(s)).
- Introduction of the notion of dominance of network operators and service providers.
- Confirmation by law (of prior secondary regulations) that dominant operators must provide interconnection, local loop unbundling, shared access to the local loop, bitstream access, and leased lines at cost-oriented tariffs.
- Possibility for the Communications Commission (COMCOM) to impose specific further access obligations on dominant operators (e.g. wholesale line rental).
- Rules on bundling (and separation of bundled services) by dominant operators.
For a detailed discussion of the implications of this draft, please contact Yves Blondeel.