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Mesh Broadband is pulling the plug on its Cambridge wireless broadband network on December 15. It took over the running of the Cambridge network when it acquired wireless broadband operator Invisible Networks (IN) last year after the operator went titsup.

Mesh said it has decided to ditch the "old" network because it wasn't up to the job and was never going to make any money for the firm. Instead, Mesh is looking to build a new wireless network in the area targeting ADSL black spots.

For although the accelerated roll-out of ADSL has helped increase broadband availability in the area, there are still areas with no high-speed net access.

It is these areas - which include business parks - that Mesh intends to target. Around 120 users still left on the old IN network were told last month that the service would be terminated.

One insider, disappointed at the demise of the old IN network and the strong community that had built up around it, said: "We're losing all the innovation and expertise that has been developed thanks to this pioneering community." ®

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