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EU: Is Apple next to face the Commission’s gavel?

 |  March 22, 2013

After hearing complaints raised by various telecommunications operators, the European Commission may soon be formally looking into Apple Inc. for allegations of price-fixing. A spokesperson for Commissioner Joaquin Almunia has stated that the regulator has been made aware of issues raised concerning the company’s distribution practices for its iPad and iPhone products, raised by mobile telecom operators concerning commercial terms negotiated by Apple. While no formal complaints have been filed with the Commission, the spokesperson did note that the issues remain on the authority’s radar. Despite the news, the Commission did highlight that “healthy competition” likely remains in the market as Samsung and Google’s Android stand as rivals to Apple in the EU market.


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