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January 1999
Following a franchise head office decision, the consumer ISP division, Club Internet, is sold to ITI Online (who subsequently sell on to Storm Internet a year later)
February 1999
A strategic decision to invest the funds garnered by the sale of the ISP division into Absol’s internet software development division is approved and the ASPEN (Absolute Solutions Publishing Environment) content management system is conceived. Weeks later, the first version of AbsolStats goes live.
March 1999
The Embassy of the United States of America joins Absol’s customer base.
April 1999
Initially developed as a custom solution for Moneyweb, the AbsolBanners internet advertising delivery and campaign management service is launched.
May 1999
Absol secures the development contract to build the Cumulus corporate web site. A division of Denel, Cumulus markets weapons guidance systems and military technology to international markets.
June 1999
Moneyweb is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.
August 1999
Over 300 websites have registered and utilise the free internet audience measurement service: AbsolStats.
September 1999
Absol joins the Audit Bureau of Internet Standards (ABIS)
October 1999
A sub-site of the financial services portal run by the JSE listed company; E-Data, becomes the first ASPEN powered web site.
November 1999
Media Africa, led by internet doyen and leading journalist; Arthur Goldstuck, choose ASPEN for all their internet publishing and web site management needs. Gadget is launched.
December 1999
Absol deploy their first international server in Toronto Canada, providing a web hosting service to Moneyweb’s international Miningweb division.