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Tiscali UK could be about to become Britain's largest ISP if reports about its imminent acquisition of Tiny Online prove accurate.

The Italian ISP is said to be about to announce that it has bought the ISP for 20 billion lire (£6.4 million), the AFX newswire service reported citing an unsourced story in an Italian newspaper.

If true, it would catapult Tiscali UK ahead of Freeserve making it the UK's largest ISP with an estimated 2.5 million users.

Freeserve currently has around two million users.

A spokeswoman for Tiscali UK declined to comment on the story.

No one from Tiny Online - the ISP set up by Tiny Computers - was available for comment by press time.

However, if true it would complete a hat trick of acquisitions for the Italian giant this week.

On Tuesday it bought Spanish ISP, Inicia, for E8.2 million (£5 million).

And on Wednesday it announced the acquisition of Belgian ISP, Yucom, for E4 million (£2.5 million). ®

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