EXCLUSIVE: Apple calls for the filing of the antitrust action against the Indian app industry

EXCLUSIVE: Apple calls for the filing of the antitrust action against the Indian app industry

Apple filed the complaint after the Competition Commission of India (CCI) began investigating charges that Apple harms competition by compelling app developers to use its proprietary system, which may charge up to 30% commissions on in-app sales. In its petition to the CCI, Apple refuted the charges and stated that its market share in India is “insignificant” at 0-5 percent, but Google controls 90-100 percent of the market since its Android operating system runs most other handsets. “In India, Apple is not the market leader… There can be no abuse without power “Apple said this in a November 16 report signed by Kyle Andeer, the company’s Chief Compliance Officer.

 

Highlights

  • “It has already been established that Google is the dominant player in India,” it added. Apple and the CCI did not respond to a request for comment. A spokesperson for Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google declined to comment when asked about Apple’s assertions in the filing. The complainant in the case, a little-known non-profit group called “Together We Fight Society”, said that Apple with iOS dominates the market for non-licensable mobile operating systems. Apple countered that in its filing, saying the entire smartphone market – which includes licensable systems like Android – is the market that should be taken into consideration.