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Tiscali UK is spreading its wings and is looking to offer mobile phone services in the UK and Europe.

Speaking to the Times, Renato Soru, the head of the Tiscali Group, said the branded service would be launched in the UK later this year by utilising the existing network of one of the four big mobile phone operators.

The Tiscali branded service would become a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO).

Curiously, while Tiscali is looking to set up a mobile phone operation, it WorldOnline UK subsidiary has ditched its fixed line reseller business.

At least 50 jobs have already been lost as part of that business decision and customers have no option but to find another supplier. WorldOnline's BT reseller operation is also subject to an official complaint which is currently being investigated by Oftel.

Soru also confirmed that the operation's disparate parts will be drawn together under the Tiscali brand although LineoOne would continue to operate in the medium term under its own brand.

Any of this ring a bell? An ISP that also runs a mobile phone business? Soru must have his fingers and toes crossed that it does better than those modern urbanists at deceased ISP, breathe.

Oh, and it must also have slipped Soru's mind to mention all the job cuts at Tiscali UK that took place on Friday. Insiders claim whole departments have been wiped out although we've yet to confirm exactly how many got the boot.

No one from Tiscali UK was available for comment by press time. ®

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