EC Qualcomm chipset abuse of dominance decision published

The European Commission’s (EC) 2018 decision fining global chipmaker Qualcomm EUR 997m for abusing its market dominance in LTE baseband chipsets was published today (8 June).

Following an ex-officio investigation launched in 2014, EC officials found that Qualcomm prevented rivals from competing in the market by making significant payments to Apple on the condition it would not buy from rival chipmakers.

Baseband chipsets enable smartphones and tablets to connect to cellular networks and are used both for voice and data transmission.

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