Stories by Martyn Williams

AltaVista files for initial public offering

Internet search engine and portal operator AltaVista filed Friday a registration statement for an initial public offering with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Morgan Stanley Dean Witter will act as the lead underwriter of the offering, the company said.

Japan's first ADSL Internet service launched

New Coara, an Internet service provider on Japan's westernmost main island of Kyushu, today launched the country's first Internet access service using ADSL (asymmetric digital subscriber line) technology.

Japan to put 96,000 troops on Y2K standby

Japan will place 96,000 Self Defense Force (SDF) troops on duty at bases across the nation on the evening of December 31 to deal with any year 2000-related problems, the Defense Agency said here last week.

Report: China basically Y2K ready

China is basically year 2000 ready, according to a report published yesterday in the official China Daily newspaper quoting Zhang Qi, the head of the year 2000 Office of the Ministry of Information Industry.

Report: Chinese telecom networks Y2K ready

China's telecom network passed a system-wide Year 2000 test over the weekend without incident and has been declared ready for the turn of the century, according to a report in the Monday edition of the China Daily.

New Tel to launch China ISP, portal with Xinhua

Australian telecommunications company New Tel has announced plans to launch an Internet service and Web portal service in China. The site will be launched in association with Xinhua Holdings, the Hong Kong-based commercial arm of China's state-run Xinhua news agency.

NTT DoCoMo lifts H1 net profits by 15.6 per cent

NTT Mobile Communications Network (NTT DoCoMo), Japan's largest mobile telephone network operator, has reported higher revenue and profits for the first half of the current fiscal year ended September 30, 1999.

NTT DoCoMo mulls foreign investments

Japan's largest mobile telecommunications carrier, NTT Mobile Telecommunications (NTT DoCoMo), has confirmed it is eyeing partnerships and equity stakes in carriers worldwide as they seek to deploy third generation cellular networks.