Switzerland Probes Swisscom Fiber-Optic Network Plans

Law360, New York (January 4, 2011, 3:14 PM EST) -- Switzerland's competition authority opened twin investigations Tuesday into Swisscom Ltd.'s plans to build fiber-optic networks through joint ventures with electricity providers like Groupe E SA, amid concerns that the projects might give the telecommunications giant an unfair edge.

The Swiss Competition Commission launched an extended probe of Swisscom's project with Groupe E to build a fiber-optic network to replace the fixed copper and coaxial cable lines currently used for telephone and broadband Internet service in the state of Fribourg.

The regulator said that the deal might...
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