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The great grandpappy of British ISPs, CIX, has been bought by Norsk Data - a subsidiary of Norwegian telecoms and IT outfit, Telenor AS

Details of the deal were not disclosed.

According to a statement: "The acquisition of CIX strengthens Norsk Data's portfolio of services in the UK."

No one from CIX - which stands for Compulink Information Exchange - was available for comment by press time.

No doubt they were busy throwing another log on the fire while flicking through a Saga holiday brochure and sipping a hot milky drink.

In May CIX denied that customers had forced its MD, Doug Birtley, to leave the company after the ISP incensed users by introducing new punitive terms and conditions.

And in August, it abandoned its toll-free Net access service a month after it was introduced despite boasting that "unlike newcomers to the Internet market, CIX cannot afford to provide a sub-standard service". ®

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