Vertical Interoperability in Mobile Ecosystems: Will the DMA Deliver (What Competition Law Could Not)?

DEEP-IN Research Paper 2024

18 Pages Posted: 29 May 2024

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Giuseppe Colangelo

Università degli Studi della Basilicata; Stanford Law School; LUISS Guido Carli, Department of Business and Management; International Center for Law & Economics (ICLE)

Alba Ribera Martínez

Charles III University of Madrid; University Villanueva

Date Written: May 15, 2024

Abstract

To address concerns about the competitive dynamics of digital markets, the promotion of interoperability has been often pointed out as a fundamental component of policy reform agendas. In the case of mobile ecosystems, the smooth and seamless availability of interoperability features is crucial as third-party devices and apps would be otherwise unable to effectively work and participate within the ecosystems. However, access to application programming interfaces (APIs) may be restricted due to privacy, security, or technical constraints. Further, an ecosystem orchestrator may misuse its rule-setting role to pursue anticompetitive goals by restricting or degrading interoperability for third-party services and devices. The paper aims at investigating whether and how effective interoperability could be achieved through the enforcement of competition rules or whether it would require regulatory interventions, such as those envisaged in the European Digital Markets Act (DMA).

Keywords: Mobile ecosystems; App stores; Operating systems; Wearables; Interoperability; Antitrust; Regulation; Remedies

JEL Classification: K21, L40, L50

Suggested Citation

Colangelo, Giuseppe and Ribera Martínez, Alba, Vertical Interoperability in Mobile Ecosystems: Will the DMA Deliver (What Competition Law Could Not)? (May 15, 2024). DEEP-IN Research Paper 2024, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4826150 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4826150

Giuseppe Colangelo (Contact Author)

Università degli Studi della Basilicata ( email )

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International Center for Law & Economics (ICLE) ( email )

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Alba Ribera Martínez

Charles III University of Madrid ( email )

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University Villanueva ( email )

Madrid
Spain

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