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The application for an access procedure can either be made directly to ComCom or to the Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM), which acts as the briefing authority in access procedures. In accordance with Art. 70 of the Decree on Telecommunication Services (DTS; SR 784.101.1), it covers
a. the submissions
b. the main facts
c. the access application form provided by OFCOM
d. a proposal to reach agreement
In order to initiate the access procedure as rapidly as possible and to reduce its duration, it is important for OFCOM, as the briefing authority, to obtain from the outset a complete overview of the relevant facts and the legal issues that are in dispute. A well-founded application, drawn up carefully and setting out all the main facts can help considerably in achieving this.
The submissions explicitly listed in Art. 70 should, if possible, be presented in such a way that, with their structure and level of detail, they can be incorporated directly into the operative part of a subsequent decision on the merits of the case. The individual access services for which the conditions should be laid down must be listed in the submissions.
The main facts include, in particular
Legal considerations are not explicitly mentioned in Art. 70 DTS as pertaining to the application. The application must also, of course, be legally founded. It is also important to show that the procedural requirements exist and that the respondent has the claimed market dominance. In addition, the application should also explain why any offer made by the respondent or the respondent's reference offer does not, in the opinion of the applicant, meet the legal requirements set out in Art. 51 et seq. of the DTS (non-discrimination, cost-based, market and sector norms).
The access application forms supplied by OFCOM refer primarily to the question of market dominance and the aim is to speed up the procedure by compiling all available relevant information at the earliest possible time. The form should completed for each access service that is the subject of the proceedings and the form should stipulate or show that the respondent disputes the market dominance. If closely-related services can be grouped together in a reasonable manner, the form may also be completed summarily by groupings. This form should help speed up the Swiss Federal Competition Commission's preparatory work in drawing up the expert opinion on the market dominance. The applicant may, of course, confine itself to details of information known or accessible to it.
Whether a proposal to reach agreement can also be submitted with the application will generally depend on how successful the negotiations between the parties have been or whether cost-based prices have already been agreed or stipulated in the past for the services which are in dispute. Art. 70 para. 2 DTS also logically provides for the ability to submit this later, when the evidence has been concluded.
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