The EU Commission fines a company for abuse of dominance on the market for baseband chipsets for smartphones and tablets (Qualcomm)

On 24 January 2018, the European Commission (the “Commission”) announced that it had imposed fines totalling € 997.439 million on chipset producer Qualcomm for abusing a dominant position contrary to Article 102 TFEU. While the public version of the decision has not yet been published, the Commission’s press release provides several insights on the case. The Commission found Qualcomm to be dominant in the market for long-term evolution (“LTE”) baseband chipsets, which enable smartphones and tablets to connect to cellular networks and are used both for voice and data transmission. This was based on the company having very high market shares,

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  • Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)

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Tim Kasten, The EU Commission fines a company for abuse of dominance on the market for baseband chipsets for smartphones and tablets (Qualcomm), 24 January 2018, e-Competitions Bulletin January 2018, Art. N° 86223

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