The blue giant is once again accused of abuse of a dominant position by three internet service providers. The latter say they cannot cover their costs because of the company’s too high prices.
Swisscom does again the subject of a complaint with the competition police for abuse of a dominant position in the field of high-speed internet. Three companies have launched proceedings against the former federal government, accused of imposing high prices on its competitors for access to its infrastructure.
In a press release released on Thursday, the Winterthur-based Init7, SolNet-based SolNet and Ticino-based Ticinocom companies announced the filing of a joint complaint with the Competition Commission (Comco). They deplore that the prices charged by Swisscom, the giant on which they depend, do not allow them to cover their costs.
The plaintiffs ask the Comco to force the former federal government to adapt its prices in its high-speed Internet services, in order to avoid any “prohibited squeeze of margins”. The companies demand that wholesale prices do not exceed 22 francs per month, in order to achieve a gross margin of 39%, sufficient to cover the costs of support, marketing and administration.
Currently, these access providers claim – for example – to draw a gross margin of 1.21 francs on a 10 Gbps offer invoiced to the customer 35 francs per month, excluding VAT.
Not the first complaint
This new case comes the day after a decision by the Federal Administrative Court, which confirmed a sanction imposed by Comco for abuse of a dominant position in the context of a call for tenders by La Poste in 2008. The blue giant was fined a penalty of 7.4 million francs. The regulator launched an investigation after a complaint filed in 2013 by the operator Sunrise. Swisscom has already announced an appeal to the Federal Supreme Court.