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EU Commission fines Qualcomm for second time over market abuse

EU Commission fines Qualcomm for second time over market abuse
FILE PHOTO: Signs of Qualcomm and 5G are pictured at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Shanghai, China June 28, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo -
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BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Qualcomm, the world’s no.1 chipmaker, was fined 242 million euros (£217.97 million) on Thursday for blocking a rival from the market about a decade ago, its second EU antitrust penalty.

The European Commission, the EU’s competition regulator, accused Qualcomm of predatory pricing between 2009 and 2011 aimed at forcing out British phone software maker Icera, now part of Nvidia Corp.

“Qualcomm’s strategic behaviour prevented competition and innovation in the market,” Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said in a statement.

The Commission fined Qualcomm 997 million euros last year for paying iPhone maker Apple to use only its chips, a tactic aimed at thwarting rivals including Intel.

(Reporting by Robin Emmott, editing by Philip Blenkinsop)

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