Apple files for discharging from India apps market antitrust case with CCI

Its market share in India is an “insignificant” 0-5%, while Google commands 90-100% as its Android operating systems powers most other smartphones.

Apple Inc is yet again under siege by the Indian antitrust watchdog for hurting the competition companies by allegedly abusing its market power in the apps market. The company has denied the claim by saying it is too small a player in South Asian country where Google is dominant, a filing seen by Reuters shows.

The iPhone makers were called into question by the Competition Commission Of India (CCI) after the company was accused of forcing its app developers to use its proprietary system that charges a commission of up to 30% on in-app purchases.

Apple repudiated the claim in its filing to the CCI and highlighted that India has more android users in comparison to IOS (iPhone operating system) users. Its market share in India is an “insignificant” 0-5%, while Google commands 90-100% as its Android operating systems powers most other smartphones.

“It has already been established that Google is dominant player in India”, Apple mentioned in the submission dated November 16,  which was signed by its Chief Compliance Officer Kyle Andeer.

“Apple is not dominant in the Indian market…Without dominance, there can be no abuse,” it added. Apple has been grappling with similar allegations in other parts of the world. Apple also brought forth in its complaint to CCI that the complainant of the filing are the one’s with which the company is at the daggers drawn. The CCI is separately conducting an investigation.

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