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EU Opens Two Antitrust Investigations Into Qualcomm

The probes will focus on pricing and sales practices.

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The European Commission said on Thursday it had opened two antitrust investigations into Qualcomm’s possible abuse of its market dominance in semiconductors used in consumer electronic devices.

The first would examine whether Qualcomm, the market leader for baseband chipsets, offered financial incentives to customers on condition that they buy the baseband chipsets exclusively or almost exclusively from Qualcomm.

The second will look into whether Qualcomm engaged in “predatory pricing” by charging prices below costs with a view to forcing its competition out of the market.

“Many customers use electronic devices such as a mobile phone or a tablet, and we want to ensure that they ultimately get value for money,” European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said in a statement.

(Reporting By Philip Blenkinsop)

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