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Satellite ISP SSW Gobbles UK Fixed Wireless Broadband Provider Quickline

Friday, July 28th, 2017 (9:54 am) - Score 1,384

In an interesting twist Satellite Solutions Worldwide, which owns the UK and Pan-European Satellite ISP Europasat, has acquired rural fixed wireless broadband provider Quickline for an initial consideration of £5 million (£3m cash and £2m shares). A further £2 million is also be invested to grow the business.

At present Quickline run a growing number of 50Mbps capable wireless broadband networks around parts of Lincolnshire, Yorkshire and the Pennines of England. A few months ago they also gobbled up part of rival rural wireless provider AB Internet for an undisclosed sum (this reflected AB’s former “network and customer base in Newark, Boston and Peterborough“).

A recent submission to Ofcom (here) revealed that Quickline hoped to expand their network coverage around the “M62/A1 corridor,” potentially taking in additional parts of Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Rutland and Birmingham, as well as acquiring new sites in East and North Yorkshire.

Suffice to say that SSW’s move to acquire the ISP will give them some extra clout and help to diversify away from their sole focus on Satellite. Both technologies are often used to serve remote rural premises in the UK and they can even be combined (i.e. Satellite capacity for terrestrial fixed wireless distribution), although meagre data allowances and slow latency times tend to hinder Satellite based services.

Andrew Walwyn, CEO of SSW, said:

“Whilst we are already the leading domestic satellite broadband provider in the UK, the acquisition of Quickline further diversifies our revenue base and broadens our last-mile broadband technology offering. The growing appetite for internet connectivity appears unstoppable and we are seeing continued demand for our last-mile broadband solutions, reflected by the growth in our customer numbers.”

Apparently the deal is being financed by a proposal to place new shares and raise gross proceeds of approximately £8.1 million. The announcement also states that Quickline generated revenues of £2.3m and EBITDA of around £0.3m in the last year.

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8 Responses
  1. Avatar CW says:

    Maybe Quickline can improve the Europasat service…

    1. Avatar craski says:

      Yeah, lets hope Europasat are diversifying and aren’t buying a competitor to bury them and protect their profit margins made on charging users £9/GB when they blow their measly satellite data allowance in a few days!

  2. Avatar craski says:

    If I were a Quickline user I’d be expecting prices to go up. Europasat charge users an extortionate amount of money for data use and with Fixed Wireless providers muscling in on their target user base they’ll be very keen to recoup some of that loss on satellite revenue.

    1. Avatar G. Lee says:

      It is a satellite broadband provider at the end of the day, I would assume its queit an expensive game to be in, not to mention a smaller customer base and lack of any attraction to the service…

      I cenrtainly wouldn’t be interested in getting satellite broadband with latency the way it is…. I’m sure if Sky started providing broadband via satellite it wouldn’t be £10 a month.

  3. Avatar Ham Gammons says:

    Europasat’s customer service is 1 out of 10. Waiting 50 minutes on the phone to only to get hung up on is a joke.

  4. Avatar Will French says:

    As an AB Internet customer ( well I think I am following their demise) I have found Quickline appalling to deal with- we have two connections, our normal home in Lincoln and our holiday chalet in North Wales- both are terrible since AB ceased trading and nobody can tell me what is happening. Appalling customer service.

    1. Avatar G. Lee says:

      No good, the state of Fixed Broadband services in the UK at the moment staggers me, so many little providers trying their best to make ends meet and keep everyone happy but in the end they end up on their ….

      I think a trend of people waking up disconnected is going to start rising soon.

  5. Avatar S Jagger says:

    Quickline will continue to operate independently of the other group companies such as EuropaSat and Avonline. There are no intentions to increase prices and the full Quickline management team will be unaffected. I am aware there have been some earlier outages and there remains some peak capacity issues to customers on the AB internet network from when AB went into administration, Quickline have acquired and worked hard to keep the Lincolnshire network live and will be stepping up connections shortly as soon as all replacement fibres and Ofcom licences are in place.

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