EU Tech Rules Should Curb Cloud Computing Providers, Study Says

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The logos of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google successful  a operation  photo. (Reuters)

The logos of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google successful a operation photo. (Reuters)

BRUSSELS—Draft EU rules to curb the powerfulness of Amazon, Apple, Alphabet portion Google and Facebook should besides tackle providers of unreality computing services for imaginable anti-competitive practices, a survey said connected Tuesday.

The study comes amid concerns that immoderate EU lawmakers who are reviewing the Digital Markets Act (DMA) projected by EU antitrust main Margrethe Vestager whitethorn beryllium lenient towards unreality computing companies.

Amazon’s Amazon Web Services was the starring supplier successful the 2nd quarter, followed by Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud, marketplace probe institution Statista found. Others see IBM Cloud, Alibaba Cloud, Salesforce and Oracle.

Frederic Jenny, president of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Competition Committee, enactment unneurotic the study, successful his idiosyncratic capacity, for commercialized assemblage Cloud Infrastructure Services Providers successful Europe (CISPE).

The caller EU rules should besides screen bundle licensing, the study said, with respondents citing unfair presumption imposed by immoderate of the large bundle companies to entree their unreality infrastructure.

“The DMA does accidental that unreality infrastructure tin travel wrong the ambit of the DMA but it is not evident that each the suppliers are covered,” Jenny told Reuters successful an interview.

“For example, it doesn’t look that Google Cloud qualifies nether the DMA arsenic a gatekeeper oregon IBM Cloud oregon Salesforce.”

Potential anti-competitive practices by immoderate companies could see unfair pricing techniques oregon efforts to marque users’ determination to a rival technically difficult, helium said.

Jenny said the survey interviewed immoderate 25 companies that usage unreality computing services, immoderate of which cited issues specified arsenic unfair licence presumption that unit customers to wage again to usage bundle they already ain erstwhile they determination to a competitor.

Respondents were besides acrophobic astir providers bundling bundle products with their unreality infrastructure to marque rival products either little charismatic oregon much expensive.

Google, Oracle and SAP declined to comment. Microsoft and Amazon did not instantly respond to requests for comment.

EU lawmakers person to thrash retired the draught DMA with EU countries earlier it becomes law, perchance successful 2023.

By Foo Yun Chee

Reuters

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