The EU Commission fines a manufacturer of LTE baseband chipsets for abuse of dominance (Qualcomm)

Antitrust: Commission fines Qualcomm €997 million for abuse of dominant market position* The European Commission has fined Qualcomm €997m for abusing its market dominance in LTE baseband chipsets. Qualcomm prevented rivals from competing in the market by making significant payments to a key customer on condition it would not buy from rivals. This is illegal under EU antitrust rules. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: "Qualcomm illegally shut out rivals from the market for LTE baseband chipsets for over five years, thereby cementing its market dominance. Qualcomm paid billions of US Dollars to a key customer, Apple, so that it would not buy from rivals. These payments were not just reductions in price – they were made on the condition that Apple

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European Commission, The EU Commission fines a manufacturer of LTE baseband chipsets for abuse of dominance (Qualcomm), 24 January 2018, e-Competitions Bulletin January 2018, Art. N° 86000

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