Tencent Technology News, according to foreign media reports, Qualcomm said today that it will file a lawsuit against the EU's $272 million antitrust fine.
Earlier in the day, the European Commission just announced that it had imposed an anti-monopoly fine of 242 million euros ($272 million) on Qualcomm.
According to the European Union, Qualcomm conducted predatory pricing between 2009 and 2011 in an effort to force British mobile phone software maker Icera to withdraw from competition. Icera is currently part of Nvidia. EU antitrust commissioner Margaret Vestager said in a statement: "Qualcomm's strategic behavior hinders market competition and innovation. ”
In response, Qualcomm said in a statement today that it will appeal to the EU “General Court” (General Court). During the pending appeal, Qualcomm will provide financial guarantees instead of paying the fine.
Qualcomm's general counsel Don & Middot; Don Rosenberg said in a statement: “The European Commission spent several years investigating our sales to two customers, but each of them said that They chose Qualcomm chips not because of price, but because their competitors' products were technically inferior. ”
As early as July 2015, the European Commission announced that it had officially launched two anti-monopoly investigations against Qualcomm to assess whether Qualcomm abused its market dominance to force consumers to use its chips. The first survey was to verify that Qualcomm provided financial incentives to customers to ensure that customers use Qualcomm's exclusive baseband chips.
The second survey was to assess whether Qualcomm participated in the “predatory pricing” and set the price below the cost to force competitors out of the market.
In response to the first survey, the European Commission announced in January 2018 that it had decided to impose a fine of 997 million euros ($1.229 billion) on Qualcomm because Qualcomm abused its dominant position in the market and exchanged Apple for payment in the form of Apple. Exclusive use of Qualcomm's chips in its smartphones and tablets.
Qualcomm subsequently responded that it would file an appeal immediately. Today, the EU has issued a $272 million fine for the second investigation. Qualcomm also said it will file an appeal. (compilation / breeze)