IBM faces EU an­titrust probes linked to its mar­ket dom­i­nance

Austin American-Statesman - - BUSINESS -

BRUS­SELS — The Euro­pean Union opened two an­titrust in­ves­ti­ga­tions against IBM Corp., ac­cus­ing the U.S. technology gi­ant of abus­ing its dom­i­nant po­si­tion in the main­frame com­puter mar­ket.

One in­ves­ti­ga­tion stems from com­plaints by soft­ware ven­dors T3 and Turbo Her­cules, which ac­cuse IBM of ty­ing the sale of main­frame hard­ware to its main­frame op­er­at­ing sys­tem, the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion said.

The other, be­gun at the EU’s own ini­tia­tive, ac­cuses IBM of “dis­crim­i­na­tory be­hav­ior to­ward com­pet­ing sup­pli­ers of main­frame main­te­nance ser­vices.”

IBM de­nied the charges, ar­gu­ing that they are be­ing driven by some of its ri­vals, led by Mi­crosoft Corp.

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