9: 1999 in review - September

A summary of the year's big stories: September 1999

September 1999

  • Systems integrator Computerland buys 30% of Christchurch web developer Turing Solutions.
  • Sky TV drops plans to buy 30% of ISP Ihug saying it is not interested in Ihug’s plans to expand offshore.
  • A local subsidiary of American ticketing giant ETM prepares to launch a network of kiosks and a Web site featuring live, interactive seating plans for venues. The Warehouse is a minority shareholder in the local company, and Warehouse stores will host kiosks.
  • Wang spearheads a move by Blue Star Business Solutions companies to enter the e-business arena with a business services portal.
  • Kiwifruit growers and cool stores around the country go online to provide Zespri International with up-to-the-minute details of the fruit they have available.
  • Melbourne-based Macquarie Bank's IT division joins with AGC Finance to offer IT equipment leasing in New Zealand.
  • Venture capital fund No 8 Ventures closes to investors, having reached $24 million, $6 million short of its target.
  • ISP Ihug begins a soft roll-out of its digital TV service, offering customers in Auckland either a straight TV and pay-per-view movie service or a package including high-speed Internet.
  • Auckland IT capital company Strathmore Group aims to raise $8 million via a cash issue to invest in high-tech businesses.
  • Share registry services company Computershare New Zealand buys a 50% share holding in data processing company MDS.
  • September 9 (9.9.99) comes and goes with no major problems despite fears it could cause problems with date reading computers.
  • IT minister Maurice Williamson accuses banks of holding back e-commerce after receiving complaints from Web retailers that they can only charge overseas customers in Kiwi dollars.
  • Three men are sentenced to prison for the theft of $600,000 worth of computer components in May last year, from esellers and distributors Electronic Resources, JDI, TPG, Insite Technology and Arche Technology.
  • New Zealand telecommunications software company Telemedia relocates to Sydney to list on the Australian stock exchange.
  • New Zealand Salmon leaps into the telecommunications market with the purchase of NewCall Communications. The new NewCall Group will become the second listed New Zealand telco.
  • New Zealand engineering company Broadcast Communications (BCL) wins the design and build contract for Bangladesh’s new VHF TV network.
  • Aetna Health chooses a Sun-led consortium to facilities manage its IT systems over the next two years.
  • Having said he thought local jobs were safe in the face of a global restructure, New Zealand SGI country manager Peter Vanderbeke loses his job along with four sales staff.
  • A devastating earthquake in Taiwan threatens to push up the price of computer parts as many component manufacturers are based there.
  • Database company Sybase makes one of its largest sales of the year to EDS which buys Adaptive Server Enterprise for its customer activity management system.
  • US Army dumps Windows NT because of security issues but New Zealand's Defence Force sticks with the software.
  • The two sides in the Microsoft antitrust case (Microsoft and the US Department of Justice) square off one last time to deliver closing arguments before US district judge Thomas Penfield Jackson.
  • IBM and Sequent complete their $US10 million merger and Sequent becomes IBM Numa-Q.

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