Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said Tuesday the company does not plan to participate in an upcoming U.S. auction in the 700MHz spectrum despite signs that Web rival Google will, reports Reuters in The Washington Post.
Ballmer said buying spectrum would not advance the company's strategy to sell mobile phone software to handset makers.
Quoted in Computerworld, Ballmer said:
"Service providers and the telecom industry have the core competence" to participate in a spectrum auction. ... If Microsoft were to buy "one piece of spectrum in one country, it would do a lot to alienate the telecom industry, and that does not further our goal."