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German Firm Could Join E.U. Inquiry of Android ; Deutsche Telekom Seen Filing a Complaint over Google's Mobile Software

Newspaper article International New York Times

German Firm Could Join E.U. Inquiry of Android ; Deutsche Telekom Seen Filing a Complaint over Google's Mobile Software

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Deutsche Telekom, which owns a controlling stake in T-Mobile, appears ready to get involved in Europe's investigation into Google's Android software.

Deutsche Telekom, the German telecom giant, has long been an outspoken critic of United States tech companies' dominance over how Europeans connect to online services. Google, in particular, has been in the company's sights. More than a year ago, Deutsche Telekom filed a complaint with the European Commission over its antitrust investigation into the tech company's online search practices.

Now, Deutsche Telekom, which owns a controlling stake in the cellphone carrier T-Mobile, appears ready to get involved in Europe's investigation into Google's Android software as well. The company is expected to file a formal complaint with European competition authorities in the coming weeks, according to several people with direct knowledge of the matter.

The complaint, which may be submitted by early November, focuses on whether Google uses its Android mobile operating system to unfairly promote its own products like Google Maps and online search over those of rivals, added the people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

The move by Deutsche Telekom would make the European telecom company an official complainant in the case, allowing the company to provide information and potential evidence on how it believes Google abuses its control over Android. That could include providing reams of data on which mobile services the carriers' tens of millions of users regularly see on their cellphones. Such information could help European competition officials decide whether to file formal charges against Google linked to the region's Android investigation.

The competition authorities have increasingly focused their attention on Google's Android operating system, which powers more than 80 percent of the world's smartphones, according to Gartner, a research firm.

Last month, for example, the Federal Trade Commission started an investigation into whether Google unfairly used Android to lift its other mobile services, according to two people involved in the inquiry. …

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