Feeds

Bulldog up for sale

Give the dog a bone

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

Cable & Wireless is to sell its residential broadband business Bulldog.

The telco provider announced less than a month ago that it was pulling out of residential broadband, but promised continuing support for existing customers.

At the time, the firm said it would concentrate on selling wholesale broadband services to other providers.

Bulldog sent us the following statement:

In line with our UK business strategy of serving the UK's largest users of telecoms here and internationally with IP-based services - and with our recent announcement to wholesale our local loop capability to other carriers - we are now looking for a provider to buy our Bulldog retail customer base.

There are a number of compelling reasons for this move; chiefly that it allows us to simplify our relationship with our wholesale customers - by making clear that we will not compete with them - and to simplify our operations. In addition, these customers are of more strategic value to providers focusing on a retail play.

We expect this process to take a couple of months - and will update you as appropriate.

Broadband providers with small market share are starting to struggle. As ever bigger brands coming to market with bundled offers, it's getting harder to make a crust. Bulldog has some 120,000 customers.

The news comes with the arrival of a host of bundled services, or so-called "free broadband" offers, from Carphone Warehouse, Orange, and O2. Sky has said it will launch broadband services this summer. AOL is also rumoured to be selling its European access business.

So, it could be a mobile company that picks up Bulldog - O2 and Vodafone have been mentioned in the past, but O2 paid £50m for Be in June. ®

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
Canadian ISP Shaw falls over with 'routing' sickness
How sure are you of cloud computing now?
UK fuzz want PINCODES on ALL mobile phones
Met Police calls for mandatory passwords on all new mobes
Don't call it throttling: Ericsson 'priority' tech gives users their own slice of spectrum
Actually it's a nifty trick - at least you'll pay for what you get
Three floats Jolla in Hong Kong: Says Sailfish is '3rd option'
Network throws hat into ring with Linux-powered handsets
Fifteen zero days found in hacker router comp romp
Four routers rooted in SOHOpelessly Broken challenge
New Sprint CEO says he will lower axe on staff – but prices come first
'Very disruptive' new rates to be revealed next week
PwC says US biz lagging in Internet of Things
Grass is greener in Asia, say the sensors
Ofcom sees RISE OF THE MACHINE-to-machine cell comms
Study spots 9% growth in IoT m2m mobile data connections
O2 vs Vodafone: Mobe firms grab for GCHQ, gov.uk security badge
No, the spooks love US best, say rival firms
Ancient pager tech SMS: It works, it's fab, but wow, get a load of that incoming SPAM
Networks' main issue: they don't know how it works, says expert
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.