Business heads meet with CCI to discuss Google's alleged monopoly in India
A group of business heads and start-up founders met with the Competition Commission of India on Friday to share concerns over Google’s alleged monopoly on the Indian app market.
The group included Paytm’s founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma, as well as founders of MapMyIndia, TrulyMadly, BharatMatrimony, and nCore Games, among others, two sources told the Economic Times. The group of around 15 entrepreneurs told a CCI official that Google could threaten the Indian mobile app market by building a monopoly.
“Startups from the National Capital Region went to the CCI physically,” one source told the Economic Times.
Startups from Mumbai and Bengaluru joined the meeting on a video call.
“We acknowledge all the good Google has done for the world, but it should not be allowed to be unfair... The CCI was already very much aware and informed of the issue.”
There has been an ongoing conversation concerning Google’s business practices in India. A large group of Indian start-up founders recently met with electronics and IT secretary Ajay Sawhney to discuss the Google’s Play Store for apps and its effect on Indian businesses.
Paytm recently announced the launch of its own mini app store as part of its ongoing tussle with Google. The business has already partnered with fashion brands including Decathlon for the mini app store.
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