Qualcomm faces new European antitrust probe

Icera, a U.K. chipmaker, lodged the complaint

Qualcomm faces another antitrust complaint in Europe, this time filed by Icera, a U.K. fabless semiconductor company.

"We understand that matters are at a very preliminary stage and we are currently reviewing the allegations," Qualcomm said in a statement. The company said it believes the allegations are meritless and that it will cooperate with the European Commission's investigation.

Icera focuses on mobile broadband, developing wireless modems for USB sticks, laptops and smartphones.

Qualcomm argues that the complaint is similar to previous charges that were dropped. "We do note, however, the similarity between Icera's allegations and those in complaints made previously to the EU, which apparently failed to persuade the Commission and were ultimately withdrawn," it said in the statement.

However, the complaint was not necessarily dropped because it failed to persuade the commission.

That action began in 2005 with ultimately Ericsson, Nokia, Broadcom, Panasonic, NEC and Texas Instruments joining in on the complaint. By late 2009, all the complainants had withdrawn. Since the Commission had already invested significant resources in the investigation, it decided it couldn't justify continuing without the complainants, according to a statement it released.

At the time, Ericsson said it withdrew its complaint following successes with actions against Qualcomm in South Korea and Japan. Korea imposed a US$200 million fine against the chip maker for its behavior and Japan issued it a cease-and-desist order. Ericsson also said it was too expensive to continue to pursue the complaint in Europe.

Icera said it is not commenting on the complaint.

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags smartphonesqualcomm

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Nancy Gohring

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Essentials

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?