With the continuing consolidation of the Australian telco industry, it's a big gamble to start a new ISP, even in an NBN world.
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The nation's biggest telco Telstra is considering dumping the email, blogging, photos and online storage platforms used by customers of its BigPond internet service provider (ISP) division and migrating customers to Microsoft's Windows Live platform.
Telco has made a £15.8m offer for the London-based consumer ISP, which claims to have around 62,000 customers
Number two telco Optus has already signed supply agreements with at least one party as it moves closer to giving Internet service providers (ISPs) wholesale access to its extensive new high-speed broadband network. The company has recently inked a deal with ISP Exetel where Optus would supply the company with wholesale ADSL2+ and telephone services, Exetel spokesperson John Linton confirmed to ZDNet Australia this morning.
Internet service provider Westnet is believed to be dumping its existing upstream Internet bandwidth providers AAPT and Telstra in favour of nationwide links with the nation's number two telco Optus. The ISP, one of Australia's largest with around 85,000 customers on broadband and another 60,000 on dialup Internet, has already linked its Western Australian network up with Optus'.
Telstra has inked a three year deal with iPass that will allow the telco to offer its customers single sign-on access to their corporate networks using any of iPass's numerous global ISP partners.United States-based iPass has already partnered with hundreds of dial-up, wireless, and broadband Internet service providers in around 160 countries.
Telco eyes buy up of remaining 30 per cent of ISP
Beginning in November, the ISP will place new limits on Anytime and Surftime users. The service will still be 'virtually' unmetered, the telco says
Nextra, the ISP subsidiary of Norwegian telco Telenor, opens for business this week in the UK.
The incumbent telco takes US ISP to court to prove it invented hyperlinks
Italian telco Tiscali is in talks to buy UK ISP LineOne, according to reports on Reuters.
France Telecom's ISP division Wanadoo has acquired online trading market Andtrade as the French telco continues to increase its presence on the internet.
When is an ISP a telco? World Online goes big time
The Scottish telco believes BT is cheating to unfairly advantage its own ISP in the rollout of ADSL