The Commission announced on 16 July the launch of two investigations against Qualcomm, with a view to determine whether the company has engaged in practices abusing its market position under Article 102 TFEU. The proceedings concern the field of baseband chipsets that are the crucial components of consumer electronic devices, such as smartphones or tablets.
The concerns giving rise to the first investigation relate to the supply conditions of certain chipsets offered by Qualcomm, the world’s leading supplier of baseband chipsets, to its customers. The Commission aims to establish whether Qualcomm’s customers have been granted financial incentives provided that they purchase the chipsets exclusively or almost exclusively from Qualcomm. The second practice investigated in the proceedings is possible involvement of Qualcomm into the predatory pricing strategy, with the aim to eliminate competitors operating in the market.
Source: European Commission