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Britain will conduct antitrust investigations on Amazon, Google and Microsoft Cloud business

via:新浪科技     time:2022/9/22 17:00:42     readed:73

Sina Technology News on the afternoon of September 22, Beijing time, reportedly reported that the British Digital Media Regulatory Agency "OFCOM) said today that it will conduct antitrust investigations on cloud services in Amazon, Google and Microsoft.

OFCOM is mainly responsible for regulatory broadcasting, communication and postal services. The agency said today that a series of investigations will be launched in digital markets including cloud computing, Internet communication and smart devices. This means that British regulatory agencies have taken another new step in reviewing large -scale US technology companies.

Ofcom said it would first investigate the cloud services of Amazon (AWS), Azure and Google to evaluate whether they restrict innovation and hinder the industry's fair competition and development. Ofcom said that the scale of the British public cloud infrastructure market was about 15 billion pounds (about 16.85 billion US dollars), and the above three companies' cloud services accounted for about 81%of revenue.

Ofcom plans to complete the review in the next 12 months and issue a final report, which will include related concerns and suggestions. If OFCOM finds that these three companies are damaging competition, they may take further action. OFCOM executives Selina Chadha also pointed out that OFCOM has not yet reached an agreement on "whether these cloud giants are engaged in anti -competition".

In this regard, Amazon, Google and Microsoft have not yet commented.

In addition to cloud services, OFCOM also plans to investigate other digital markets next year, including Personal Messaging and virtual assistants (such as Amazon Alexa). Ofcom said the agency was interested in the competition situation of Meta's WhatsApp, Apple's Facetime, and Zoom, and the competition situation in digital assistants, networking and smart speaker markets.

Chadha said in a statement: "The way we live, work, entertainment and business have been changed by digital services. The increase in technology and economic problems faced by the organization has also increased. This is why we need to start this survey. We need to review these digital markets, find out any competition issues, and ensure that these services rely on them to rely on them to be fair and friendly to them. ","

At present, Microsoft's cloud service is facing the formal investigation of the European Commission. In March of this year, Microsoft Cloud Computing Business was complained by three European competitors, saying that Microsoft destroyed the fair competition in the cloud computing service market and limited consumer choices.

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