News Burst: Gates urges fast roll-out of broadband

Speaking at the Telecom '99 conference in Geneva, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates has urged network operators to roll out broadband services as quickly as possible.

Gates told delegates broadband services are core to Microsoft's plans to provide software for PCs, televisions, telephones and other devices. He stressed that Microsoft has no intention of becoming a telecommunications company or cable operator. Despite this, Microsoft has made significant investments in both telecom and cable companies over the last 15 months, including NTL, Nextel and AT&T.

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