The British Competitive Markets Agency (CMA) announced on June 15 (local time) that it would begin a detailed investigation into whether consumers would be penalized by Apple and Google’s dominance in the mobile market.
In the mobile market, iOS and Android, along with the resulting ecosystem, are practically dominated by Apple and Google. The purpose of this study is to investigate whether the entry of other companies and competition in the market is suppressed and, as a result, high prices such as terminals and services are paid.
Andrea Coscelli, CMA chief executive, said Apple and Google are managing the main gateway for downloading apps or surfing the web on their smartphones, which could cause problems for consumers and businesses trying to reach people through their smartphones. said he thought there was.
In the UK, the establishment of DMU, a new government agency to regulate large IT giants, is underway, but this investigation is running in parallel. Based on the results of this survey, future plans will be established. It can be said that there is also the nature of preliminary investigation so that DMU can act quickly after establishment. The survey period is 12 months, and it is said that the opinion of app developers will be heard through a survey by July 26th. Related information can be found here.