The investigation is believed to last a year with Google execs expected to be summoned by the CCI soon. The antitrust watchdog in the country started looking into the complaint past year and it is similar to the one faced by Google in Europe, where it was fined a record €4.34 billion (or $5 billion) in February.
Following initial investigations, the Indian anti-trust watchdog decided by mid-April that there was merit to the allegations and ordered a complete probe.
It is not yet known when the probe is going to begin, but it should take around a year for the CCI to come to a conclusion and if it goes against the company, then there is every chance that Google might need to end up paying a hefty penalty.
India has fined Google once before, levying a penalty of 135.86 crore rupees (about US$21.1 million) for "abusing its dominant position in online general Web search and Web search advertising services in India".Читайте также: Facebook Live Will Have Stricter Guidelines
The EU case centered around Google requiring manufacturers that used the Android operating system to install Google Search and its Chrome browser for access to the Play Store, thereby giving Google an unfair advantage. Once a user downloads a rival search app, Google also prompts them to change their default search engine in Chrome browser.
The amount of the fine the CCI could impose upon Google at this time is unclear.
In March, the European Union fined Google for alleged abuse of its AdSense advertising service, and told the company to fork out €1.49 billion (A$2.38 billion) for breaching European Union anti-trust rules. "The CCI has (preliminarily) found Google abused its dominant position".
A Google spokesperson said by making mobile devices more affordable, Android has given millions of Indians the ability to connect to the internet. In it, the company said it's "looking forward" to working with CCI to "demonstrate how Android has led to more competition and innovation, not less". Counterpoint Research estimates that almost 99 percent of the smartphones sold this year run Android.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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