Tuesday, January 20, 2009

IBM faces EU monopoly probe

IBM is likely to face a full European Union investigation into its mainframe business as a rival firm formally complains to the Competition Commission. t3 Technologies alleges IBM abused its dominant market position by tying sales of its operating system to sales of its hardware. The company, which dubs itself "the other mainframe company", makes rack servers aimed at small and medium-sized data centres as well as mainframes.European Commission has been investigating IBM for since October 2007 following a complaint by Platform Solutions (PSI). IBM bought PSI but the EU investigation continues.

IMO: India should really have some sort of Competition Commission of this sort, but clearly technical and administration problems may rule this out so far. Firms the size of Coca Cola are getting away with too much, as anyone can see.

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