Berne, 16 February 2007
In October 2002 the Competition Committee launched an investigation into the termination fees charged by the three mobile phone operators in Switzerland. Termination fees are the fees that mobile network providers charge other providers for putting through calls in their network. The Competition Committee imposed a fine of CHF 333 million for the alleged misuse of termination fees for the period from 1 April 2004 to 31 May 2005. Swisscom rejects the charge that it misused its dominant market position and the sanction.
The company will appeal the ruling before the Federal Administrative Court and, if necessary and as a last resort, before the Federal Court. Following are its key reasons for doing so:
Swisscom has received the Competition Commission secretariat's earlier draft rulings. After assessing the legal situation, Swisscom concluded that a sanction of last resort is not likely and therefore made no provisions in its balance sheets.
At present, Swisscom only has the Competition Committee's judgment, not the detailed rationale. Based on the current information available to it, Swisscom abides by its previous assessment. Swisscom will review the ruling in detail.