By Kwanwoo Jun

 

South Korea's telecom regulator plans to fine Alphabet's Google and Apple a total of $51 million for allegedly abusing their market dominance and breaching the country's mobile-payment regulations.

The Korea Communications Commission said Friday that the U.S. tech giants had forced app developers to use their in-app payment methods rather than external competitors' payment methods.

Google and Apple were also found to have unfairly delayed app reviews to enforce the malpractice, it said.

The commission said Google and Apple would be fined KRW47.6 billion ($35.4 million) and KRW20.5 billion, respectively, for their alleged violations of local fair-trade rules.

Google and Apple were not immediately available for comment.

South Korea in 2021 enacted new telecom regulations which banned app-store platform operators from abusing their dominant market positions.

 

Write to Kwanwoo Jun at kwanwoo.jun@wsj.com

 

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

October 06, 2023 01:40 ET (05:40 GMT)

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