Date
21 October 2019
Qualcomm is expected to be hit with another EU fine over the firm's business practices that allegedly aim to thwart rivals. Photo: Bloomberg
Qualcomm is expected to be hit with another EU fine over the firm's business practices that allegedly aim to thwart rivals. Photo: Bloomberg

Qualcomm set to face second EU antitrust fine: report

Qualcomm could be hit with a second EU antitrust fine as soon as Thursday for blocking a rival from the market more than a decade ago, Reuters reports, citing people familiar with the matter.

The chipmaker came under fire in 2015 when the European Commission accused it of predatory pricing between 2009 and 2011 aimed at forcing out British phone software maker Icera, now part of Nvidia Corp.

The Commission says Qualcomm sold certain quantities of its UMTS baseband chipsets to two of its customers at below cost to shut Icera out of the market.

The EU competition enforcer, which can fine companies up to 10 percent of their global turnover, could sanction Qualcomm on Thursday, according to one Reuters source, while another said the decision could be pushed into next week.

The Commission fined Qualcomm 997 million euros (US$1.1 billion) last year for paying iPhone maker Apple to use only its chips, a tactic aimed at thwarting rivals including Intel.

Qualcomm has also been targeted by other enforcers for its business practices.

In May, it lost an antitrust lawsuit brought by the Federal Trade Commission, with the judge issuing a sweeping antitrust ruling against the company.

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