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The Carphone Warehouse has today been given approval by EU authorities to proceed with its £236 million takeover of broadband provider Tiscali UK.
The EU were looking to see if the acquisition would damage competition within the UK’s broadband sector.
However, it was found that while the Carphone Warehouse is set to become the UK’s largest broadband provider with over 4.25 million customers, it will still face hefty competition from company’s such as BT and Virgin Media – not too mention the UK’s mobile broadband providers.
An EU executive said, “The Commissions’ examination of the proposed transaction showed that none of the above markets would give rise to competition concerns.”
“The new entity will continue to face competition from a number of strong players, especially BT, as well as from a number of strong alternative operators, including those based on the cable platform”.
Tiscali still operates in Italy and other parts of the world and will use the proceeds of the sale to restructure its debt mountain.
Even though it backed out a year ago, the Carphone Warehouse is once again considering buying out Tiscali, the debt laden telecoms company that operates in both the UK and Italy.
Tiscali had been in talks with BSkyB, but negotiations broke down over price, leaving the Carphone Warehouse with an opportunity to reconsider a buyout plan.
Without a buyer, there is a real danger that Tiscali will enter administration, which would mean their customer base being sold to a different provider at a cut price.
In February the company’s shares were suspended as it struggled to repay the interest due on its £508 million debt pile.
The Carphone Warehouse refused to give a statement on the supposed takeover plan, saying, “We never comment on speculation.” Tiscali also refused to comment on the matter.
Only time will tell whether Tiscali can find a buyer and that leaves its customers in a fairly tough position. Should they stay and be sold on to a different provider? Or should they consider switching now?
It’s back! – You can now order the AOL Broadband Wireless Plus package with free PlayStation 3 (PS3) for just £19.99 per month.
This is a new special offer from AOL and its parent company the Carphone Warehouse. It comes with a free wireless router on a 24 month contract.
The free Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3) comes with a built in Blu-ray HD DVD player and is yours to keep forever – there’s no catch!
You’ll also receive a free Spiderman 3 Blu-Ray DVD and Gran Turismo 5 Prologue game.
You can find out more on this special offer by reading our AOL Broadband free PlayStation 3 review here.
You can now get a free Elenox Webbook (a mini laptop) worth £250 when you order Orange Mobile Broadband online at the Carphone Warehouse.
The Elenox Webbook is the perfect mini laptop for those who lead a busy life and with Orange Mobile Broadband it enables you to surf the Internet and access your email when you’re on the move.
The free Elenox Webbook has an 80Gb hard drive and 512MB of RAM. It comes pre-installed with Windows XP & Windows Media Player and has a 10.2 wide screen.
The Orange mobile broadband package provides speeds up to 1.8Mb with a 3Gb monthly download usage allowance.
This exclusive Orange mobile broadband and free laptop package costs just £25 a month and can only be ordered online at the Carphone Warehouse.
Please read our Mobile Broadband With Free Laptop guide to compare this deal with the other mobile broadband deals currently available.
The Carphone Warehouse are now offering a range of mobile broadband with free laptop deals with prices starting from just £29 a month.
The company is reselling the mobile broadband packages offered by T-Mobile, Orange and 3 and bundling them with a free laptop worth over £350.
The free laptop is an Acer Aspire 5315 which has an 80Gb hard drive and 1Gb of RAM. The laptop has a DVD rewriter and comes pre-installed with Windows Vista Home Basic. It’s also wireless enabled.
All the mobile broadband with free laptop deals come with a free USB modem stick (dongle) which you plug into the USB port of your free laptop for mobile broadband access.
The packages from T-Mobile, Orange and 3 offer mobile broadband speeds up to 2.8Mb and come with a 3Gb monthly download usage allowance. Contract periods vary from 18 to 24 months.
Please read our Mobile Broadband With Free Laptop guide for further information on these great new deals.
AOL and the Carphone Warehouse have reduced the price of the wireless AOL Broadband free laptop package to £9.99 per month for the first 3 months, followed by £19.99 a month thereafter.
Known as AOL Broadband Wireless Plus, the package offers wireless broadband speeds up to 8Mb together with a free high spec HP laptop that’s yours to keep forever.
You’ll also receive a free wireless router worth £50 and pay as you go AOL Talk which includes free weekend phone calls.
Please read our AOL Broadband free laptop review for more information.