Tech giant Apple calls for dismissal of India’s app market antitrust case

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New Delhi: Apple has asked India’s antitrust watchdog to dismiss a case alleging abuse of market power in the app market, claiming it is too small a player in the country of South Asia where Google is dominant, according to a file consulted by Reuters.

The filing was filed after the Competition Commission of India (ITC) began investigating allegations that Apple harms competition by forcing app developers to use its proprietary system which can charge commissions of up to 30% on in-app purchases.

Apple has denied the allegations in its ICC case and pointed out that its market share in India is 0-5% “insignificant”, while Google orders 90-100% because its Android operating system powers most of it. other smartphones.

“Apple is not dominant in the Indian market. Without domination, there can be no abuse, ”Apple said in the November 16 submission signed by its chief compliance officer, Kyle Andeer.

“It has already been established that Google is the dominant player in India,” he added.

“Small market share”

The plaintiff in this case, a little-known non-profit group called “Together We Fight Society,” said Apple with iOS dominates the market for unlicensed mobile operating systems.

Apple retorted this in its brief, saying the entire smartphone market – which includes licensed systems like Android – is the market that should be considered.

Apple also described the Indian complaint as a “filing of power of attorney” in its CCI submission, saying the complainant was “likely acting in concert with parties with whom Apple has ongoing commercial and contractual disputes around the world and / or who have filed a complaint with other regulators ”. The US tech company did not provide any evidence in its submission to support its claim. The nonprofit told Reuters that Apple’s remark was “made to harm the spirit” of the ICC “without any iota of evidence.” In the coming weeks, the ICC will review Apple’s response to the allegations and may order a broader investigation or dismiss the case altogether if it finds no basis. Details of the ICC investigations are not being publicly disclosed.

The ICC is carrying out an investigation separately.

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