Europe’s top competition official said she would make more use of injunctions, including in pending cases against big technology companies, after successfully forcing U.S. chip maker
to change its alleged anticompetitive practices.
The European Commission, the bloc’s top antitrust watchdog, on Wednesday said it was closing its probe and accepted Broadcom’s legally binding commitments to refrain from any exclusivity arrangements for chips used in television set-top boxes and internet modems over the next seven years.
Broadcom didn’t immediately comment on the settlement.
The decision comes a year after EU competition czar Margrethe Vestager revived so-called interim measures, an injunction that hadn’t been used since 2001, to order Broadcom to suspend the contested agreements while she was still investigating the case.
Ms. Vestager said she would make more use of this power as she investigates other companies for alleged antitrust violations, including