ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Google has said that its Turkish business partner, it is not possible to work with them on a new Android phone to be released in Turkey, after the Turkish competition board concluded that the changes in Google’s approach to its contracts was not acceptable.
FILE PHOTO: The logo of Google is displayed on the high-profile, high-tech start-ups and business leaders, the meeting, Tour-Tech,Paris, France-May 16, 2019 at the latest. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
Turkey’s competition authority fined Google, 93 million lira ($17.4 million) in September, 2018, for violations of the competition law in the mobile sales software application. The company was given six months to make changes to the competition to recover it.
In turkey, the competition board on Nov. 7, with the changes that Google has made in its contracts with its business partners, in line with the board requirements, to be inadequate, as they may still not be able to change the default search engine.
“We have been informed by our business partners, we would not be able to work with them on a new Android phone to be released for the Turkish market,” the Google statement said.
“Consumers will be able to complete the purchase of the existing models, and will be able to use their devices and applications as normal. All of Google’s other services will not be affected,” he said, adding that it was working with the authority to fix the problem.
Google made the announcement via a Turkish public relations firm, which causes the statement to Reuters on Monday, Turkey’s Habertürk had reported the move over the weekend.
The competition council said that it imposed a fine on Google of 0.05% of the revenue generated by the infringement, and that it would remain in place until all requirements have been met. Google’s got a 60-day period of time in order to meet the challenge of the award.
The market regulator had asked Google to include all of the software and distribution agreements to allow the consumer to choose from a variety of search engines in the Android mobile operating system. The probe was triggered by the filing of a Russian competitor Yandex.
Habertürk had reported that Google said in its letter to the business partner, the contact details of Turkish minister of trade and head of the office, and called on them to exert pressure in order to change the decision.
In January of 2019 at the latest, the competition commission also said it had launched an investigation into whether Google broke the law on competition, with the algorithms that are used for search and display ads.
The tube is the result of a complaint that the Alphabet Inc, Google unit, “this is an abuse of its dominant position, and the effort of other companies is difficult,” the agency said.
Reporting by Can Sezer; Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by Edmund Blair