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The Former Head of Mexico's Telecommunications Federations filed a complaint against Apple and Google with Mexico's Regulator IFT

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It was reported last night that Apple and Alphabet's Google are now facing a new probe over anti-competitive practices in Mexico after the country's former telecommunications chief filed a complaint.


The complaint was brought to Mexico's telecommunications regulator Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones (IFT) yesterday by Mony de Swaan Addati, who once headed the former telecommunications federation that was later replaced by IFT. He is now an independent Consultant for Telecom, Health-PhRMA and Public Affairs in Mexico City according to his LinkedIn profile.


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His complaint accuses Apple and Google of "completely inhibit(ing) competition" by "taking advantage of their monopoly in app stores to tie use of their own payment processing systems for in-app purchases."


In his online statement, de Swaan Addati said Google's Play store and Apple's store charge 15%-20% commission, forcing price inflation.


"I have full confidence that (the IFT) will investigate and exercise its powers - in line with international best practices - so that these companies stop abusing their market power to the detriment of developers and consumers," he said.


Apple is facing scrutiny elsewhere on the continent, with Brazilian regulators having banned the sale of iPhones without a charger earlier this week. For more, read the full Reuters report.


America Economia added that "De Swaan accused that this complaint also contemplates that technology companies keep sensitive information from buyers, in addition to not allowing application developers to advertise or offer other payment alternatives, which allows them to consolidate their dominance in this and other markets in which they participate.


The tied sales to which the complaint refers are a type of relative monopolistic practice by which an economic agent conditions the sale of one product to the purchase of another. In this case, the technology companies condition the sales of the applications or within the applications that they offer in their stores to the use of their own payment systems.


De Swaan's complaint against Google and Apple is the first of its kind in Mexico." 


Considering that Mony de Swaan Addati is now an idependent consultant with his LinkedIn profile stating that he offers services in political consulting, public relations, business consulting and legal consulting – you have to wonder who is behind his complaint against Apple and Google? Is it Epic Games, Facebook or other entities that are behind the other antitrust cases around the world? Only time will tell.  


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