IBM faces EU antitrust probes linked to its market dominance
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.