Latest in Gear

Image credit: Reuters/Mike Blake

Qualcomm faces $774 million antitrust fine in Taiwan

Officials say Qualcomm abused a monopoly over cellular technology.
304 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

Reuters/Mike Blake

Qualcomm's antitrust troubles aren't going away any time soon. Taiwan's Fair Trade Commission has fined the company the equivalent of $774 million over claims it abused its dominance of cellular chipsets in phones. The company effectively has a monopoly over CDMA, WCDMA (3G) and LTE chipsets, the Commission said, and it refuses to properly license its technology to others. Accordingly, the penalty will also have Qualcomm submit twice-a-year reports on negotiations with other companies.

Qualcomm, not surprisingly, disagrees with the decision. It plans to call for a stay on "any required behavioral measures" and will appeal the FTC's action in Taiwanese courts. The fine has "no rational relationship" to Qualcomm's actual revenues in Taiwan, the company said.

The fine comes on top of an existing $854 million fine in South Korea, a $975 million fine in China as well as lawsuits from Apple and the FTC. While Qualcomm can likely handle the financial penalties, it's the crackdown on behavior that will likely give it the most grief. It has regularly accused phone makers and others of refusing to pay what it expects for patent licenses, and the antitrust actions could easily force it to accept far less favorable terms. And when Taiwan is one of the world's more important cellphone markets (it's the home base for firms like ASUS and HTC), Qualcomm doesn't have much choice but to play along.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
304 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

The best mobile devices for students

The best mobile devices for students

View
Porsche streamlines the Taycan EV’s infotainment system

Porsche streamlines the Taycan EV’s infotainment system

View
Lenovo’s Smart Clock becomes a more capable home hub

Lenovo’s Smart Clock becomes a more capable home hub

View
Wirecutter's best deals: Save $60 on an Acer Chromebook 11

Wirecutter's best deals: Save $60 on an Acer Chromebook 11

View
Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ review: Weird, but in a good way

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ review: Weird, but in a good way

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr