From Reuters’ “India’s antitrust body orders probe into Apple over alleged abuse of app market” posted Friday:
India’s competition watchdog on Friday ordered an investigation into Apple Inc’s business practices in the country, saying it was of the initial view that the iPhone maker had violated certain antitrust laws.
The order from the Competition Commission of India (CCI) comes after a non-profit group alleged this year that Apple was abusing its dominant position in the apps market by forcing developers to use its proprietary in-app purchase system.
“The Commission at this stage is convinced that a prima facie case is made out against Apple which merits investigation,” it said…
The company denied the allegations in a filing to the CCI last month, seen by Reuters, and asked the regulator to throw out the case, stressing that its market share in India was an “insignificant” 0-5%.
CCI however said in the order that Apple’s argument on its market share was “completely misdirected” as the allegations were about anti-competitive restrictions on app developers and not end-users.
My take: If regulators are going to define the market as iOS app developers, Apple has a 100% share in every country it operates and better watch its step.