Tiscali purchase of Pipex Communications cleared by OFT
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has completed its investigation of the sale of the broadband and voice parts of Pipex Communications to Tiscali UK and has cleared the £210million sale.
The sale was first announced back in July 2007, with the OFT announcing it was looking into the deal later last month. The news the sale can go ahead and will not be referred to the Competition Commission will be welcomed by Tiscali UK and Pipex Communications.
There has been little real news on what the effects of the sale will be to the many thousands of Pipex broadband users, and the various brands the group has acquired over the years. Tiscali is pushing forward with its Tiscali TV service which it acquired in its previous purchase of HomeChoice who have been providing a video over broadband service since 2000. Time will tell how well Tiscali UK can integrate the various broadband brands and compete against the other large providers.