The essence of the following. The American company Intel has invested heavily in the development of mobile 5G modems. However, to realize them on the market, it failed. In the end, had the unit to sell for much less money than was spent on it. The buyer was the American company Apple, which was willing to pay for the opportunity to have their own modems to their smartphones and tablets exactly one billion dollars.
According to representatives of Intel, another American company Qualcomm — has created the market for “artificial barriers to fair competition”. The exact amount of damages is not called, nor describes the mechanisms that led to them. However, as reported by CNews, Intel filed suit against Qualcomm in the Ninth circuit U.S. court of appeals. And also in China ($1 billion), South Korea (to $850 million), Taiwan (to $733 million) and the European Union (as much as 1 200 000 000 dollars).
To withstand antitrust litigation for Qualcomm is not the first time. In may 2019, the same Ninth U.S. court of appeals has already found the company guilty of violating the law on “fair competition” and is now considering ways of punishment. Previously the world’s leading manufacturer of chips for mobile equipment have already paid 853 million in 2016. At that time, the Antimonopoly Committee South Korea has decided that Qualcomm has abused its market position and led the “unfair trade”.
Apparently, the latter claim Intel is associated with the practice of signing Qualcomm restrictive contracts with their customers. The company has been accused of this twice. South Korea in 2009, wrote for it a penalty of $207 million, and China in 2015 almost one billion dollars. Meanwhile, Intel has retained the development of 5G and 4G modems for computer equipment. And for this, the company is teaming up with the Taiwanese chip-maker MediaTek.
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