Broadcom Practices Causing “Serious and Irreparable” Harm: European Commission

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Semiconductor heavyweight Broadcom says it will challenge the European Commission (EC) in the courts following the placement of “interim measures” on the company during an antitrust investigation.

Competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager says the EC has “strong indications” that Broadcom is engaging in anti-competitive practices and warned that these are causing “serious and irreparable harm”.

The commission states that Broadcom is dominant in three different system-on-a-chip (SoC) markets, namely TV set-top boxes, fibre modems and xDSL modems. The EC believe that the firm has abused its dominant position in these markets by establishing “exclusively or quasi-exclusively” conditions with six manufacturers of TV

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