August / September 1999

Switzerland: ‘Essential facilities’ doctrine lurks in Swiss Antitrust Law

01 August 1999

The Swiss Antitrust Commission has referred to the ‘essential facilities’ doctrine in two ongoing investigations, one in the electricity market and one (more recently) in the telecommunications industry. The latter investigation has been triggered by an interim measure obliging the largest Swiss cable network provider to grant access to a Swiss pay-TV broadcaster to enable it to switch from analog to digital TV technology.