Was this the year of calm before the storm? By adopting the revised Law on Telecommunications (LTC), parliament laid the basis for increased competition with pressure on prices and innovation in the subscriber line sector. It was not only the implementing legislation but above all the business cases which were being pushed forwards in this sector. The first effects are expected to be seen in 2007. Expectations include the first alternative offerings in conurbations. However, the full effects will not be felt until the following years. How great they will be remains open to debate, not least because of the very late liberalisation of the last mile in Switzerland compared to other countries.
In the other market segments, the trends which were visible earlier have continued.
The debate about privatising Swisscom was ended almost as quickly as it began, but it will undoubtedly come up again at a later date.
Peter Fischer, Deputy Director