14 Sep 2005
Dutch telco KPN says its ISP subsidiary XS4ALL is moving to acquire rival internet provider hcc!net. A letter of intent was signed last week and the final purchase agreement is due to be signed on 1 November. hcc!net has around 55,000 ADSL subscribers and 20,000 dial-up customers. The purchase will leave KPN’s ISP units with a total of more than 1.2 million broadband users and is not the telco’s first this year; it has already bought up the ISPs CistroN and Freeler, as well as a part of Tiscali’s DSL customer base.
Meanwhile, one of KPN’s other ISP rivals, France Télécom’s internet unit Wanadoo, has announced that all customers of its ADSL Family Package will be upgraded to a quicker ADSL 2+ service free of charge. Telecompaper reports that Family Package customers currently achieve maximum download speeds of 4Mbps; ADSL 2+ connections typically offer speeds up to five times higher.