Tiscali looking to add mobile for quad-play, papers say

15 Aug 2006

ISP Tiscali UK is reportedly planning to become a quad-play provider with the launch of mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) services, just days after becoming a triple-play operator by agreeing to acquire video-on-demand (VoD), internet and telephony operator HomeChoice. Tiscali is understood to have held talks with four of the UK’s five mobile phone network operators – Hutchison 3G (H3G), O2, T-Mobile and Vodafone – about adding mobile services to its portfolio, according to local press reports. A deal with H3G is widely predicted, as the other networks have their own plans for triple or quad-play bundling.

Earlier this week, Tiscali UK confirmed it would purchase HomeChoice in an all share transaction. Following completion of the deal, which is expected to close by the end of August, Tiscali UK will have more than 1.3 million DSL customers, 350,000 voice users, 45,000 IPTV subscribers and an unbundled local loop network covering 300 BT exchanges servicing more than 220,000 customers.

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