Sources, Telecom News, ET Telecom
BRUSSELS: Alphabet’s unit Google will seek to overturn record anti-trust fine of 4.34 billion euros ($ 5.15 billion) in the EU in a five-day hearing in September before the second most high court of Europe, said people familiar with the matter.
In its 2018 ruling, the European Commission said Google had used its popular Android mobile operating system to thwart rivals, an anti-competitive practice dating back to 2011.
Android, used free of charge by device manufacturers, is found on around 80% of smartphones worldwide. The case is the most important of the three EU cases against Google due to the market power of Android. Google has racked up more than 8 billion euros in antitrust fines in the EU over the past decade.
The hearing will begin on September 27, the people said. Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Luxembourg-based court said it could not confirm the hearing as the dates have not been made public yet. The five-day event is longer than average, but not unusual.
Google is supported by the Application Developers Alliance (ADA) and Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) lobby groups, Android device makers Gigaset Communications GmbH and HMD Global Oy, which is the exclusive holder of the Nokia brand for phones, and the Norwegian tech company. Opera software.
The Commission is supported by the European Consumers Organization (BEUC), the German publishing groups VDZ and BDZV, the Czech search engine Seznam, the advocacy group FairSearch and the French search engine Qwant.