Dell fined NT$2 mil­lion for acts re­strain­ing com­pe­ti­tion

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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