European Commission makes IBM’s commitments in the mainframe maintenance market legally binding

On 14 December 2011 the European Commission stated that it has made commitments offered by IBM Corporation in the mainframe maintenance market legally binding (see Newsletter 6/2011 p. 6, Newsletter 4/2010 p.7 and Newsletter 4-5/2011 p.10 for background information).

IBM commits to make spare parts and technical information swiftly available, under commercially reasonable and non-discriminatory terms, to independent mainframe maintainers.

Commissioner Joaquín Almunia noted that IBM offered a swift solution to the Commission’s concerns and stressed that, “timely interventions are crucial in fast moving technology markets.

A non-confidential version of the Commission decision will be available as soon as possible. [Gabriele Accardo]