11: 1999 in review - November

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

November 1999

  • The New Zealand Maori Council says it will apply for an injunction to stop the government’s radio spectrum auction going ahead this month. The government postpones the 2GHz radio spectrum auction until January 31 to give telcos more time to prepare.
  • Whitcoulls, the Pacific Retail Group and Advantage Group launch a new e-commerce site FlyingPig.co.nz. The site will sell books, videos, CDs and stationery.
  • The US Federal Bureau of Prisons chooses software from Auckland-based Synergetix to track the purchases of every prisoner in each of its 98 prisons.
  • \Reports emerge that Telstra is talking to BT over joint involvement in Clear.
  • US-based systems management software giant BMC moves into New Zealand with a 100% purchase of 16-year-old Auckland-based Open Technology (OTL).
  • Former Air New Zealand and then Progressive Enterprises chief information officer Garth Biggs becomes general manager of Wang New Zealand.
  • Telecom takes an 80% controlling stake in Australia's third-largest telecommunications company AAPT.
  • CSC New Zealand managing director Richard Clouston resigns two months after his three-year plan to tie the New Zealand subsidiary more closely to CSC Australia is approved.
  • Work and Income New Zealand backs away from a proposal to deploy Jade for its multimillion-dollar Debt and Crimes project, on the grounds of cost.
  • New Zealand telecommunications software company Telemedia Networks International lists on the Australian stock exchange, raising $A16 million.
  • Auckland-based Murray Haszard who developed Ghost and sold it to Symantec in 1998, releases his latest software development, Media Studio, at Comdex in Las Vegas.
  • Microsoft unveils an online version of Office. The company says it will offer Office Online next year through its bCentral Web portal, a service for small to midsize businesses.
  • Wellington users of Telecom’s Jetstream are denied access to the Internet due to faulty Nokia modems.
  • Citing lack of government leadership e-commerce start-up exo-net says it is moving its head office to Australia.
  • BNZ and National Bank launch online banking sites.
  • In the Microsoft/DOJ antitrust case Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson finds that Microsoft is a monopoly. Now the judge must decide whether Microsoft has broken the law by harming consumers through its monopoly.
  • Terabyte Interactive is acquired by the publicly listed "venture catalyst" company IT Capital.
  • New Zealand Post’s online billing and payment service, dubbed Arc ebill, goes live.

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