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Sky in talks to sell off Easynet
Monday 19 July 2010 16:00:09 by John Hunt

The Register is reporting that Sky may sell off the Easynet networking business which the company bought in 2005 mainly to gain access to their local loop unbundled (LLU) network. The LLU network has allowed Sky to enter in to the triple play market offering both telephone and broadband services alongside their traditional TV packages.

According to insiders at the company, senior management are planning a buyout with Easynet CEO David Rowe and CTO Justin Fielder meeting with Sky last week for talks. It is understood that Sky would keep control of the network whilst Easynet would rent capacity from Sky's networking unit to allow them to continue to provide services. The Easynet business is vastly different to that of Sky who focus on consumers. Easynet however offer services to businesses and enterprises, focusing on globally managed networks, hosting and solutions. They also offer access solutions to small businesses including broadband via their Easynet Connect and UKOnline brands. Unsurprisingly, Sky refused to comment to The Register on what they deeemed "market speculation".

Comments

Posted by chrysalis over 6 years ago
interesting.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 6 years ago
quote"Easynet would rent capacity from Sky's networking unit to allow them to continue to provide services."

If thats true and the moment anything official is announced im off.... Reading between the lines thats going to equal DLM, caps throttles and other stupid games. Sky like any giant are not going to sell capacity cheaply.
Posted by sparky_132 over 6 years ago
Typo in your title! of -> off
Posted by CaptainW over 6 years ago
I reckon the funds will be utilised for a final a push forward to put MPF into every exchange
Posted by john (Favicon staff member) over 6 years ago
@CARPETBURN It probably doesn't mean very much different as Sky already run the LLU network AIUI.

@sparky_132 yep, fixed now! Thanks.
Posted by herdwick over 6 years ago
so Easynet just become a retail ISP ? they lose money now I believe so maybe the idea is to leave Sky carrying the loss making retail customers.
Posted by sylvantos over 6 years ago
EASYNET is a terrible company. The sooner is dies like its parent company sky the better choice people will have.

Absolute dross company
Posted by seb (Favicon staff member) over 6 years ago
@sylvantos: that's a very unqualified comment.. we get very few negative comments about Easynet..
Posted by tommy45 over 6 years ago
@sylvantos:"EASYNET is a terrible company. The sooner is dies like its parent company sky the better choice people will have"
So what is the reason to say such remarks? perhaps a ex customer who was connected via the BT resold product?, if so you are barking up the wrong tree, as it's bt who is to blame in such a case
Posted by 2doorsbob over 6 years ago
@sylvantos i'm afriad you've got it wrong there mate, i rate easynet as the second best llu provider second only to be/o2 .easynet bacame slightly tarnished by the sky takeover but tobe fair it was a wise move on skys behalf but i cant understand why sky would sell as it was a massive success and with a fibre running to each exchange an ideal platform for sky to roll out there own fibre network
Posted by NetGuy over 6 years ago
I can only imagine that Sky doesn't want the hassle of 'fussy business users' where Easynet certainly established itself to handle just that type of customer, before Sky bought it.

I was a shareholder from years ago, bought at 84p sold at 2900p - before the .com bubble burst - just wish I had bought more shares at the start!
Posted by CARPETBURN over 6 years ago
quote"@sylvantos: that's a very unqualified comment.. we get very few negative comments about Easynet.."

I think it was troll bait hoping i would bite, dont worry im not :D
Posted by Btcc22 over 6 years ago
@Tommy45: It wasn't BT's fault. It was Easynet/Sky's fault.

Not enough capacity != BT's fault.
Posted by herdwick over 6 years ago
"I think it was troll bait hoping i would bite"

so you admit you're a troll ?
Posted by CARPETBURN over 6 years ago
quote""I think it was troll bait hoping i would bite"

so you admit you're a troll ?"

Nope didnt bite for him and not biting for you..... Good attempt though!
Posted by bionic-bert over 6 years ago
Us UKonline customer have known something is going on as UKonline have not taken any new customer since October 2009 .
Posted by tommy45 over 6 years ago
@Btcc22 i said it was bt fault, i was just quoting what sylvantos wrote, ip stream (bt wholesale resold or not sucks !!!
Posted by tommy45 over 6 years ago
But one thing for sure if talk talk become involved and .or there are any changes to the service we currently get now , i'm gone
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