Apple Canada contracts with wireless providers under investigation


Canada’s Competition Bureau has begun an investigation into Apple Canada’s contracts with Canadian wireless carriers. There is no evidence of any wrongdoing at this point but the bureau is looking into allegations that the contracts include anti-competitive clauses. Should such evidence be discovered, an application will be filed with the Competition Tribunal or another court to determine what consequences Apple would face.

The investigation appears to be in an early stage as the Competition Bureau just this week asked for a court order to have Apple turn over documents relevant to the investigation.

“Should evidence indicate that the Competition Act has been contravened, the Commissioner will take appropriate action,” said Greg Scott, a spokesman for the bureau, in an email to Reuters.

It is not clear where the allegations that triggered the investigation came from.

It remains to be seen if Canadian carriers have been or will be asked to turn over any relevant records as well.

Source : Reuters