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EU to probe Apple's deal with network operators

Last Updated: Saturday, March 23, 2013 - 20:39

London: The EU is likely to examine Apple as several telecoms operators have raised possible issues with anticompetitive behaviour from the tech giant.

Although no formal complaints have been made to the European Commission, informally several networks have raised fears that the subsidies Apple demands they give the iPhone and iPad are distorting the market.

The claims centre both on the demands Apple makes for marketing from operators and over subsidies it requires for its iPad and iPhone devices, the Telegraph reports.

Several networks complained that companies from Apple to the BBC used their 3G and 4G networks to deliver content, but had not had to share the burden of investing in them.

A Commission spokesman said that the EU competition regulators had been informed about concerns over the popular technology company and its distribution practices for iPhone and iPad.

According to the paper, a source familiar with the matter said that the companies expressed their concerns to the Commission late last year.


First Published: Saturday, March 23, 2013 - 20:39
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