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Google vs CCI: SC's order a watershed moment for India's digital transformation, say local firms

The SC verdict will give impetus to the government and the country's consumers, media, app developers, OEMs and the industry towards creating an alternate ecosystem that will be independent from foreign big tech, said industry players

January 19, 2023 / 08:46 PM IST

Indian internet firms such as MapmyIndia and Indus OS have welcomed the Supreme Court's decision to reject Google's appeal against the Competition Commission of India (CCI)'s Android antitrust order, terming it as a watershed moment in the history of the country's digital transformation initiatives.

"Today marks one very critical step towards India breaking free from the digital slavery Google has perpetuated on Indians for the last 15 years, and it is the right moment for all Indians - consumers, media, app developers, OEMs, industry and government - to come together to create the our own indigenous Aatmanirbhar ecosystem that gives India its rightful place at the forefront of the world, independent of foreign big tech monopolies" said Rohan Verma, CEO of MapmyIndia, a local rival to Google Maps.

On January 19, the Supreme Court declined to stay Google's appeal against CCI's order that had directed the tech giant to modify its conduct towards smartphone makers through a range of corrective measures besides imposing a penalty of Rs 1,338 crore for exploiting its dominant position in Android in October 2022.

However, the apex court has given another week to comply with the CCI order. It also asked the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) to dispose of the case by March 31.