The European Commission announced on Friday that ‘Apple’ is ready to agree to the availability of competing systems for the “Apple Bay” payment service in the European Union, noting that it will submit this proposal submitted by the American giant company accused of undermining the competition in non -contact payment systems via its phones, according to it. A French News Agency report.
The Commission said in a statement that “in order to dispel the commission’s concerns about the competition,” Apple suggested that Apple grant external providers access through its iPhone devices to the “NFC” job that allows communication between devices and store payment stations.
For payment, users will have the freedom to choose between the Apple Pay service and other services.
This commitment will be valid for ten years throughout the European Economic Zone (i.e. the 27 European Union countries in addition to Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein). This will be all the users of the iOS operating system who have Apple devices in these countries.
The European Commission responsible for monitoring competition in the European Union announced that it calls all interested parties to submit their comments on the obligations made by Apple within one month.
The European Commission accused Apple in May 2022 of obstructing competition in non -contact payment systems on its phones. Brussels opened an investigation in June 2020 after complaints from European banks.
The proposed solution from the giant American group states that it allows the competing systems with its internal ‘Apple Bay’ system to reach the “NFC” function for free thanks to a set of application programming facades “, the commission explained.
The French News Agency reported that the Commission stressed that ‘Apple will create the necessary application programming facades to allow the equivalent access to the components of NFC’ with technology that allows ‘storing the approved payment data safely.’
Apple Bay is currently the only payment service via Apple devices, as the group never allowed other application developers to work on its devices.
Apple and five other giant digital groups (Alphabet/Google, Amazon, Meta/Facebook, Microsoft and Bayt Dance, will be subjected to the owner of Tikkuk) as of the beginning of next March to the new digital market law that includes stricter bases to stop anti -competition practices in the European Union .