Microsoft to Pass on Spectrum Auction

Susan Hall

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."

Add Comment      Leave a comment on this blog post

Post a comment





(Maximum characters: 1200). You have 1200 characters left.



Subscribe to our Newsletters

Sign up now and get the best business technology insights direct to your inbox.


Resource centers

Business Intelligence

Business performance information for strategic and operational decision-making


SOA uses interoperable services grouped around business processes to ease data integration

Data Warehousing

Data warehousing helps companies make sense of their operational data