Theo AppleInsider, in 2018 the European Commission said that between 2011 and 2016, Qualcomm illegally outmaneuvered its rivals by making a deal with Apple to continue supplying its LTE baseband chips for five years. five. They later fined Qualcomm $991 million for this behavior due to a violation of antitrust rules.
Qualcomm has just escaped a fine of nearly 1 billion USD
Qualcomm then appealed. A court blocked the fine in June 2022, arguing that there was insufficient evidence to prove that Apple or the market was harmed by Qualcomm’s deal with Apple.
Qualcomm signed an exclusive agreement with Apple to supply modems on iPhones in 2011, then extended the deal in 2013 until the end of 2016. At that time, the EU noticed chipmakers. Qualcomm’s competitors have “lost competitiveness, no matter how good their products are”.
Internal documents reviewed by the EU prior to the imposition of the penalty show that Apple gave “serious consideration” to switching part of its baseband chipset supply prior to the iPhone 7 rollout.
By 2019, Qualcomm and Apple had reached a patent licensing agreement lasting for 6 years, effective from April 1, 2019, with the option to extend the agreement for 2 years. The settlement also includes an undisclosed payment from Apple to Qualcomm.