The Turkish Competition Authority fines a multinational computer company for abuse of dominance in the smartphone operating system sector (Google / Yandex)

The tech giant Google [1] has been under the Turkish Competition Authority’s (“TCA”) scrutiny due to its practices in the market for licensable mobile operating systems and under the judicial review since July 2015. In September 2018, the TCA has finally released its short decision and imposed a fine of TRY 93 million (approximately USD 15 million based on today’s exchange rate) for abusing its dominant position through its agreements with the mobile device manufacturers in breach of the Turkish Competitio n Law No. 4054. [2] BACKGROUND OF THE DECISION Following a complaint lodged by Russian Yandex Ltd. (“Yandex”) with the allegation that Google has violated the Turkish Competition Law by forcing the original equipment manufacturers through its agreements to pre-install certain Google

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Bahadır Balkı, The Turkish Competition Authority fines a multinational computer company for abuse of dominance in the smartphone operating system sector (Google / Yandex), 19 September 2018, e-Competitions Bulletin November 2018, Art. N° 88211

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