The EU antitrust regulator fined Qualcomm on € 997 million ($ 1.23) billion) for unfair "game" on market of microchips. AND the cause of everything was Apple.
AT The European Union launched an investigation into the Qualcomm still in the 2015. " Digging " in company with 2011 to 2016 and at The result was found out that all this time in Qualcomm paid Apple for then that used in their iPhone and iPad exclusively them chips with LTE support.
This is about billions of dollars, and it was not just a discount for the " apple " company, and it is bribery. AT result from competitors, such as Intel, simply do not there was still a chance. " This meant that neither one opponent does not could effectively challenge Qualcomm at the this market, regardless of how good they are products » , - the European Commissioner for competition issues Margret Vestager.
How much will they pay?
The penalty was 4.9% of the turnover of Qualcomm for 2017, and it's almost a billion euros. But manufacturer of chips is not agree with such a solution and plans to appeal him. Here we are sincerely sure that the agreement with Apple does not contradicts the rules of the EU.
A what with Apple
In this case, Apple for getting money from Qualcomm nothing will be. Moreover, now the company itself is suing " Podelnikom " , accusing him of unfair business parts of licensing their own developments. If in brief: in Qualcomm allegedly promised a discount for exclusive cooperation, but then abruptly changed their minds. Now Apple wants to return $ 1 billion.
Apparently, this year will not be the most successful for Qualcomm, considering suits, fines and reduction in profits.
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