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Virgin Media and BT queue up for Pipex Group

Over at The Telegraph is the news that Virgin Media and BT are making serious noises in the first round bidding for the Pipex Group.

We reported back in January 2007 how the large providers were gaining an ever higher share of the market, with 82% of broadband users already clustered in just 5 companies. To some extent Virgin Media buying the Pipex Group may make some sense as Pipex has experience in LLU and has around fifty exchanges unbundled. This would help Virgin Media in its push to make TV over broadband a reality in the parts of the country it has no cable coverage. The reasoning for BT buying Pipex is less clear, other than to boost customer numbers or simply stop another company gaining Pipex.

Comments

I wonder what's going to happen to Bulldog customers

  • Reuben
  • over 10 years ago

I don't think BT would stand a chance due to the CC and OFT and I personally feel they might not be too happy with Virgin either. Maybe Vodafone will also have a go...

  • rsharma
  • over 10 years ago

If they're after Pipex for their LLU expertise then they're in for a bit of a shock.

  • stephen_f2s
  • over 10 years ago

Pipex have a national wireless broadband licence that may interest BT.

  • herdwick
  • over 10 years ago

LOL I see another situation where Sky remain tight lipped, and then at the last minute drop a bombshell on Virgin Medias parade.

  • CARPETBURN
  • over 10 years ago

Its my opinion that BT Broadband, should stoping buying,and look to there existing customers. With an improvment in service`s.
arnibabes. best to all.

  • arnibabes
  • over 10 years ago

How interesting it is that any rumour causes such speculation. As it would be illegal for anyone to actually publicly confirm who or what is bidding for who until it is announced to the stock market it is the same as saying Spurs are buying Ronaldo - media bo**ox

  • Louis_simpson
  • over 10 years ago

Unhappy as Bulldog customer since Feb. 06, at prospect of acquisition by BT. My Bdog contract at £99.95/month costs £28/month from BT! & BT acquisition by BT would dry up cheap broadband? TalkTalk, same price, has a privacy policy breaching EU data protection, & abysmal customer service record. Prefer Virgin Media, against Murdoch's Sky/Times/Sun empire, with undue personal influence in British politics. Do existing Bulldog etc customers have any say in these takeovers?

  • Gabriela
  • over 10 years ago

Correction: my Bulldog contract at £20.25/month costs £28 from BT!

  • Gabriela
  • over 10 years ago

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