The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has ordered probe against the telecom major Ericsson for alleged abuse of its dominant position in charging higher royalty on GSM technology patents, following a complaint by telecom and tablet distributor iBall. CCI has asked its Director General to probe the case within 60 days. The competition regulator has ordered investigation into the matter after finding prima facie evidence of Ericsson indulging in unfair trade practices. iBall had complained that Sweden-based Ericsson was demanding unfair and discriminatory royalty for its GSM technology-related patents.
It is prima facie apparent that Ericsson is dominant in the market of GSM and holds large number of such patents, said the CCI order.