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Open Competition

Competition rules address issues of market power, whether through the prohibition of abuse of dominant positions by firms, or through the rules that control anti-competitive agreements and cartels. The ICT sector has historically been an area where these rules have been applied proactively by the authorities to open up the market, whether in access to telecommunications infrastructures or access to the facilities and operating systems of computer companies.

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Wednesday
Jul032013

OFT calls for information on the supply of information and communications technology to the public sector

On 3 July 2013, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) issued a call for information on the supply of information and communications technology (ICT) goods and services to the public sector. The OFT is keen to ensure that competition in this sector works well. It is seeking information on the structure and operation of the public sector ICT markets in order to understand the ICT products and services involved, who supplies them, the structure and operation of these markets (including, in particular, barriers to entry and to switching) and the degree of competition between suppliers. The OFT invites information and evidence to be submitted by 18 August 2013. It intends to announce its findings and any proposed further action in October 2013.

Click here to read the OFT press release.

Thursday
Nov012012

Government departments ordered to comply with open standards

(Computerworld UK) By Derek du Preez

Effective immediately, all government departments are to comply with a set of Open Standards Principles (OSPs) when procuring for IT contracts.

The standards were developed following a public consultation that ran from February to June this year, where feedback from government bodies and IT suppliers was assessed to establish whether OSPs would reduce costs and level the playing field for SMEs when bidding for government contracts.

Click here to read the article.

Friday
Apr152011

Google faces S Korea antitrust complaint

(Financial Times) By Song Jung-a

South Korea’s top internet providers have launched an antitrust complaint against Google, alleging that the US group is stifling competition in the domestic mobile search market.

NHN, which runs Naver, the country’s leading search engine, and Daum Communications filed a petition with the country’s Fair Trade Commission on Friday, asking the antitrust watchdog to look into Google’s business practices in Korea.

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Wednesday
Dec152010

EC "Guidelines on the applicability of Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union to horizontal co-operation agreements"

These guidelines set out the principles  for the assessment under Article 101 of the TFEU ("Article 101") of agreements between undertakings, decisions by associations of undertakings and concerted practices (collectively referred to as "agreements") pertaining to horizontal co-operation between competitors. In addition, these guidelines also cover horizontal co-operation agreements between non-competitors, for example, between two companies active in the same product markets but in different geographic markets without being potential competitors. 

Click here to read the guidelines.

Tuesday
Nov302010

EC opens formal probe into Google's search, advertising services

The European Commission has decided to open an antitrust investigation into allegations that Google Inc. has abused a dominant position in online search, in violation of European Union rules (Article 102 TFEU). The opening of formal proceedings follows complaints by search service providers about unfavourable treatment of their services in Google's unpaid and sponsored search results coupled with an alleged preferential placement of Google's own services. This initiation of proceedings does not imply that the Commission has proof of any infringements. It only signifies that the Commission will conduct an in-depth investigation of the case as a matter of priority.

Click here to read the EC press release.