Qualcomm bombards EU anti trust punishment with double label and over favors apple


Tencent technology news on May 5, Qualcomm on Monday accused EU antitrust investigators of “favoring” apple. In 2018, the European Commission, the EU’s antitrust agency, issued a 997 million euro (about US $1.2 billion) fine on Qualcomm for paying apple, the iPhone manufacturer, to use only Qualcomm’s 4G chips, preventing Intel and other competitors from gaining development opportunities.
Citing Apple’s internal memorandum, Miguel rato, a lawyer for Qualcomm, told the EU General Court on Tuesday that the European Commission “conducted a biased investigation” and allowed apple to “dictate evidence, statements and conclusions,” which is “serious and inexcusable mismanagement.”
On the first day of the three-day hearing in the European common court, Qualcomm said that the 2015 document showed how EU officials had “made many secret contacts with apple” and then came to a conclusion in 2018. The European Commission ruled at the time that Qualcomm, the world’s largest smartphone chip maker, had made illegal payments to apple to ensure that only its chips were used for iPhones and iPads.
The ticket issued by the European Commission to Qualcomm in 2018 is also one of the largest tickets issued by the Commission. Prior to this, the European Commission has been investigating Qualcomm for many years. In 2019, the European Commission imposed a further fine of 242 million euros on Qualcomm because its predatory pricing method hurt its competitors. Qualcomm was subject to an antitrust investigation by the European Union in 2015. At that time, the European Commission accused Qualcomm of predatory pricing between 2009 and 2011 in order to force icera, a British mobile software developer, out. Icera is currently part of NVIDIA.
Apple’s power over its suppliers is key to the challenge facing Qualcomm, echoing a US trial this week. In the trial, game developer Epic Games accused apple of abusing its power to charge developers high fees.
App store
Although the European Commission is accused of taking Apple’s side on the issue of Qualcomm, it also has a long-standing dispute with apple. On Friday, the European Commission, the EU’s antitrust agency, accused apple of setting restrictive rules for its app store, forcing app developers to use Apple’s in app payment system and preventing them from informing users of other purchase options. In addition, four years ago, the European Commission ordered apple to pay Ireland more than 10 billion dollars in taxes.
The European Commission ruled that Apple abused its dominant position in publishing music streaming applications through the app store, distorted the competition in the music streaming market and violated the EU competition law. Apple is able to respond in writing and request an oral hearing before the European Commission makes a final decision. The European Commission’s action on Friday was in response to spotify’s complaint.
The case began in 2019. At that time, spotify complained to the European Union about Apple, accusing apple of charging it a 30% subscription fee in exchange for spotify apps being put on the app store. Apple also refuses to let users know about cheaper ways to access spotify outside its ecosystem. The European Commission launched an investigation into spotify’s complaint in June of that year. Apple responded that the app store has made spotify what it is today. Spotify just wants to benefit from the app store and doesn’t want to contribute. As for the 30% share of spotify’s complaint, apple responded that the app store does not charge for free apps, only 30% for paid subscriptions on the platform. Moreover, if the subscription exceeds one year, the proportion will drop to 15%.
In Tuesday’s trial, the European Commission said that Qualcomm had tied Apple’s hands and prevented competitors such as Intel from selling products to apple. Nicholas Khan, a lawyer for the European Commission, told the court that the EU case “involved Qualcomm paying Apple about $3 billion in exchange for Apple’s exclusive requirements for LTE compliant chipsets.”. The lawyer said the agreement includes “a carefully crafted portfolio that is enticed by increasing payments. If exclusivity is broken, it will be threatened by repayment obligations. “. They “give significant strategic benefits” because Apple is very important to the growing LTE chipset market in 2011( Compiled by Tencent technology / Wuji)