10/16/2019, 11:51 AM (Source: TeleTrader)
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EU orders interim anti-trust measures against Broadcom

As suggested by previous reports and following through with the investigation launched in June, the European Commission on Wednesday ordered the American chip-maker Broadcom to stop applying certain provisions set forth in agreements with six of its key customers, in order to "prevent serious and irreparable harm to competition," an EC statement read.

Due to the company's "prima facie" dominant position in three separate markets - systems-on-a-chip for TV set-top boxes, fiber modems and xDSL modems - the EU now wants Broadcom to one-sidedly stop applying anti-competitive provisions the Commission has identified and inform its customers about it, and to refrain from inking the same provisions or provisions with equivalent effect in other agreements with those customers.

Broadcom's behavior is likely, in the absence of intervention, to create serious and irreversible harm to competition. [...] We therefore ordered Broadcom to immediately stop its conduct," EU Commissioner in charge of competition policy​ Margrethe Vestager said commenting on the decision.

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