Indian regulators have fined Google $162 million for anti-competitive practices

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CNN business

Google is braving the heat in India.

The country’s antitrust regulator has fined Alphabet Inc’s Google about 13.4 billion rupees ($162 million) for “abusing its dominant position in multiple markets in the Android mobile device ecosystem.”

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has asked Google to change its behavior regarding anti-competitive practices.

In its inquiry, the commission concluded that Google is unfairly competitive in the market because it owns the Android operating software and allows some of its products — such as YouTube and Google search — to come pre-installed on all devices running Android. .

“The commission believes that markets should compete on the merits and it is the responsibility of the major players (in this case, Google) that their conduct does not affect that competition on the merits,” the CCI said in a press release on Thursday. .

When asked for a comment, a Google India spokesperson told CNN Business that “the request is yet to be received and will not be able to comment until then.”

India’s competition watchdog It is also separately investigating Google’s in-app payment system and its business conduct in the smart TV market.

Google is pouring serious cash into India, which is a key overseas market for American tech companies.

The world’s second most populous country has 750 million internet users, and millions more are expected to go online in the future. And unlike its more populous neighbor China, India has received significant investment from US tech giants: Facebook, Google, Amazon, Netflix and others have already invested billions of dollars to grow their Indian operations.

In 2020, Google said it planned to invest $10 trillion in India as part of plans to make the Internet “affordable and usable” for a billion people.

– Diksha Madhok contributed to this report