The tremendous, which represents virtually 5% of the know-how firm’s income during the last 12 months, was introduced by European Union competitors commissioner Margrethe Vestager on Wednesday.
She stated the corporate’s cope with Apple in 2011 noticed it promise to pay billions of US on the situation the iPhone maker solely used parts that it manufactured, slightly than these developed by others.
“This meant that no rival might successfully problem Qualcomm on this market, irrespective of how good their merchandise have been,” Ms Vestager stated.
There was no proof of Apple bearing any accountability for the deal, she advised reporters in Brussels.
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Apple needed to maneuver from Qualcomm chips to these manufactured by Intel, however it will have price a lot cash that it couldn’t achieve this till the Qualcomm deal expired in 2016, Ms Vestager stated.
“The result is that rivals are prevented from difficult dominant corporations with extra revolutionary merchandise,” she stated.
Qualcomm’s tremendous comes because it makes an attempt to show down a takeover by rival firm Broadcom, valued at $105bn, and is preventing Apple in courtrooms world wide on patent licensing points.