Feeds

AOL mulls sale of European access business

Maybe, maybe not...

Remote control for virtualized desktops

AOL may be prepared to flog the internet access part of its business in Europe, but insists its whole operation is not up for sale.

Comments made by chief exec Jonathan Miller yesterday have helped shed light on AOL's future strategy in Europe following the review of its business by bankers Citigroup.

Speaking yesterday, Miller said the firm "needs to be on the web in Europe" and that the business had "a very good future". He added that the "goal is to extend our presence on the web in concert with any potential partners" - a clear signal that the firm sees advertising and paid-for content as a key revenue stream for the future.

By beefing up its web portal, packing it with content (some free, some fee based), and driving people to the site, the theory is that it becomes a magnet for advertisers, driving up revenue.

Miller said the company "may or may not stay in" the access side of the business. That's because falling prices and bundled offerings that include "free" broadband mean the telecoms side is becoming increasingly competitive.

AOL's "maybe, maybe not" approach signals just how tough it is out there - especially with the likes of Carphone, Sky, NTL (Virgin) and BT in the frame.

It could flog it to the highest bidder. Or it could hook up with a partner prepared to invest in the access/telecoms side of the business - Vodafone and O2 have already been mentioned. Then again, with more than a million broadband subscribers in the UK already, AOL could decide to hang on and wait and see. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
YOU are the threat: True confessions of real-life sysadmins
Who will save the systems from the men and women who save the systems from you?
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
Broadband sellers in the UK are UP TO no good, says Which?
Speedy network claims only apply to 10% of customers
Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE packet loss balls-up
Turning it off and on again fixes glitch 12 HOURS LATER
Ofcom snatches 700MHz off digital telly, hands it to mobile data providers
Hungry mobe'n'slab-waving Blighty swallows spectrum
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Facebook, working on Facebook at Work, works on Facebook. At Work
You don't want your cat or drunk pics at the office
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Protecting against web application threats using SSL
SSL encryption can protect server‐to‐server communications, client devices, cloud resources, and other endpoints in order to help prevent the risk of data loss and losing customer trust.
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.