Tiscali subscribers to be sold to Vodafone tomorrow: report
Deal will jump Voda forward in broadband market
The Italian board of Tiscali will tomorrow approve a Vodafone offer to buy its broadband businesses outright, according to a report.
The claims have been made in the Italian newspaper MF, and have been believed by investors, who have sent shares in Tiscali rocketing this morning.
The bid is said to be worth about €2.8 per share, which would value Tiscali's broadband base at €1.6bn. The current share price of €2.54 gives Tiscali a market capitalisation of €1.46bn.
Tiscali representatives said no decision has been taken yet, Thomson Financial reports.
Unlike rivals at O2 and Orange, Vodafone shunned running its own fixed line broadband network when bundling up services was all the rage in 2006. Instead it preffered to offer mobile subscribers ADSL via a reseller deal with BT Wholesale that has been largely overlooked.
Buying Tiscali would leapfrog Vodafone into fourth in the overall broadband market, and first among mobile operators that offer fixed line internet access. It's unclear what ownership of its own network would mean for its relationship with BT.
Earlier in May, Carphone Warehouse's bid was rejected by the Tiscali board. Sky has also reportedly expressed interest in the firm's almost 1.9 million UK customers.
Tiscali also owns the Pipex, Nildram and Freedom2Surf brands. ®
Who needs Phorm when Tiscali have already infected their users with Barefruit?
The only Tiscali user I have spoken to does not see being offered the 'tiscali portal' when they mistype an address as much of an issue.
If VF are already using a profiler on their WAP traffic, those in the know will only have one option. It is very sad that VF are the choice for corporate mobile deals.
Next they will be offering SpinVox and profiling the Directors and top management of every business in the land. Oh, I forgot, it is the directors who are investing in SpinVox through their asset management portfolios.
Flames: what else could solve this problem?
RE: Is Vodaphone's "unlimited" service limited to 40GB?
Well if they change my contract to limited I'll cancel. Since I'm still in the lock-in period this normally would be a bad thing, but they changed the contract, so that stops me having to pay a penalty.
If I can't find anyone else, I'll do without.
Just surf at work.
Monday's tomorrow is yesterday today.
So, did the deal happen, or was it just a rumo(u)r?