Qualcomm Under Investigation by Chinese Government

Qualcomm has announced that it is under investigation by the Chinese Government for violating anti-trust laws as part of the latest move in a recent crackdown on corporate malfeasance. According to Qualcomm, the Chinese government informed them of the investigation but not of its contents or what specific anti-trust laws the company may have violated.

The move comes as part of a large nation wide crackdown that has focused mainly on foreign companies. The Chinese Government has investigated or fined a few handful of companies in recent months. Everything from baby formula  to pharmaceuticals has been targeted, even Starbucks got in trouble for charging too much for their lattes. Qualcomm seems to be just another in a long list of companies brought in by the long arm of China’s law.

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Currently, Qualcomm holds a large and growing portion of the mobile market-share in China. Over 32% of all mobile phones utilize Qualcomm chip sets. However, there are many other viable competitors, including U.K. based Imagination Technologies IP, which holds an even larger but shrinking share of the market, currently sitting at over 37%. Such competition, which also includes MediaTek and NVIDIA, is not usually indicative of true a monopoly.

We will have to wait and see what the Chinese Government’s investigation digs up.

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  1. December 10, 2013

    They may as well have just said, “Qualcomm being targeted by the Chinese government to aid MediaTek in gaining market share”.

    Anti-competitive. Deplorable behavior. And, or course, a double standard that they would never tolerate if it happened to Chinese companies abroad.

    • dwayn
      December 11, 2013

      china super power… better stop them now, lol

    • kzm
      December 12, 2013

      Mediatek is taiwanese company..china n taiwan currently not in friendly term

  2. Charles Dexter Ward
    December 11, 2013

    Imagination tecnologies doesn’t have SoC’s solutions for phones, they have IP cores for GPUS (power VR), that’s why they have a large market share (lots of soc makers use their IP gpu cores). Qualcomm doesn’t have IP cores for lease, they have krait cores for cpu and adreno for gpu and you won’t find adreno nor krait (or any of his ip) on a SoC from any other maker different from qualcomm. I agree with Dave, this is a move to aid local brands! Communist party kind of sucks 😛

  3. wqwq
    December 11, 2013

    Chinese Government – the Best!

  4. Oz friend
    December 11, 2013

    They punish you for being better than them. They put you behind bars for preaching peach and criticizing them.