Dell fined NT$2 million for acts restraining competition
The Taiwan branch of Dell Inc., the world’s third largest PC maker, was fined NT$ 2 million ( US$ 65,600) Wednesday by Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission ( FTC) for taking action to restrain competition.
Dell Taiwan was found to have violated fair trade rules pertaining to “causing another enterprise to discontinue supply, purchase or other business transactions with a particular enterprise for the purpose of injuring that enterprise,” the FTC said in a statement.
In 2013, Dell Taiwan asked a local distributor of an antivirus suite not to supply the product to the southern region branch of Chunghwa Telecom Co., according to the findings of the FTC investigation.
The anti- virus suite, called SonicWALL, was developed for servers by Dell’s U. S.- based subsidiary SonicWall and distributed in Taiwan by Weblink International Inc., the FTC said.
Due to the boycott, the southern regional branch of Chunghwa Telecom was unable to update an air quality database platform for the Environmental Protection Bureau of the Tainan City government, a contract the telecom company had secured in March 2013, the FTC said.
An affiliate of Chunghwa Telecom’s southern branch was forced to purchase the SonicWALL suite from abroad but the product became invalid due to changes in its expiration date, which were made by Dell Taiwan, the FTC said.