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Telstra Saturn & Jade Alliance

8 November 2000. Christchurch, New Zealand

Telstra Saturn and JADE today announced a wide-ranging alliance that will see the two companies cooperating to offer e-commerce products and services aimed at large through small businesses.

Signed by Telstra Saturn CEO Jack Matthews and JADE CEO Sir Gil Simpson, the agreement will involve the companies joining forces across a number of areas, ranging from renting software to organisations over the Internet through to delivering complex e-commerce solutions for large enterprises.

Sir Gil said the agreement would help deliver more quickly on the promise of e-commerce for New Zealand businesses, "This deal matches what will be the best broadband network in the country with the smartest e-commerce software. Combining this with the considerable intellectual property of Telstra Saturn and JADE means we have a compelling offer for businesses."

"Telstra Saturn has a broad focus that stretches from the individual consumer to the largest business, and JADE offers the technology and expertise to create software that scales to match.

"Telstra Saturn welcomes this significant venture with JADE," Telstra Saturn Chief Executive Jack Matthews said. "We're aiming to be New Zealand's leading convergent company, bringing customers the best broadband services. Our relationship with JADE will an important component of this."

"JADE has an enviable reputation as a developer and supplier of innovative and highly functional software. This is a crucial factor in Telstra Saturn's plans to assist New Zealand businesses with eCommerce."

Telstra Saturn and JADE are already working on several projects, including the introduction of electronic invoicing between the companies.


Greg Williamson JADE Ph 03 358 0102, Mobile 021 229 5870 Email

Quentin Bright TELSTRA SATURN Ph 09 980 8233, Mobile 029 650 233 Email

ABOUT TELSTRA SATURN Telstra Saturn Ltd is a company merging the New Zealand operations of Telstra Corporation and Austar United Communications, each of whom have 50 percent share holding. As a convergent company Telstra Saturn offers voice, data, mobile, Internet and cable television services to a mix of business and residential customers in the New Zealand market. For more information visit

ABOUT JADE JADE is an international software company based in Christchurch, New Zealand. JADE produces a software development suite of the same name. This suite has everything an organisation needs to build and run enterprise systems for electronic commerce.

The company employs 400 people in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom. The company's founder and Chief Executive is Sir Gil Simpson.

More than 70 JADE Partners, including companies such as IBM, Ernst & Young, KPMG, gen-i, Mi Services Group and Cardinal use JADE in their product or service offering. JADE is used in New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Singapore, Korea, India and the United Kingdom.

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