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UK ISP Bogons Ltd Snaps-up Part of AB Internet’s Wireless Broadband Assets

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 (8:52 am) - Score 2,296
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The little known ISP Bogons Limited, which owns a unique £150k data centre that sits inside of an old nuclear bunker near Comrie and a website that looks as if it hails from the 90’s, appears to have acquired part of AB Internet‘s fixed wireless broadband network from the administrators.

Lincolnshire-based AB Internet shocked subscribers in May 2017 by announcing that the company had been forced to go into administration after running into financial difficulty (here), which meant that they were unable to pay their suppliers (BT, TalkTalk and KCOM). The administrators – Turpin Barker Armstrong – stepped in to stop the service from being switched off and then set about trying to sell AB Internet’s assets as a “going concern“.

Earlier this month ISPreview.co.uk published a detailed summary of AB Internet’s financial predicament (here). As part of that we also revealed that a sale of the company’s remaining network assets had been agreed with two unconnected and unnamed third parties.

The sale itself would cover both the ISP’s Forest Holidays network for around £65,000 and also their remaining 4 networks + other assets for £200,000, which includes their networks in North and South Wales, Loch Tay and the Black Isle (the latter two are both in Scotland).

At the time credible sources were informing us that Bogons had snapped up the bulk of AB Internet’s remaining network, although officially nobody would confirm because an agreement had yet to be signed. However this week some of the affected customers have been in contact to say that they’ve been called by the administrators who have now confirmed the sale. A related email has also been received.

Email to Customers from Turpin Barker Armstrong

As discussed, the sale of the remaining networks and assets of the Company was completed on 16th August 2017. If you have any queries regarding your service please contact the purchaser, Bogons Limited, who can be contacted via:

Email: support@bogons.net (preferred)
Telephone – Support: 0330 088 1041
Telephone – General: 0330 088 1040

Naturally some customers have expressed concern about Bogon’s apparent lack of experience in the field of running fixed wireless access networks and are keen to know what plans the ISP is developing (the ISP appears to be in good financial health and has been around for a long time). We have put those questions to Bogon’s and are awaiting a reply.

In the meantime AB Internet’s website no longer seems to be loading. Hopefully Bogon’s will quickly work to give subscribers some certainty about their future.

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Mark Jackson
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Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on Twitter, , Facebook and Linkedin.
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10 Responses
  1. Avatar Thomas

    Its on Black Isle not Back Isle 🙂

  2. Avatar Will French

    Most customers in North and Mid Wales have already moved to more stable providers such as Spectrum, ITS and Carrier Wales so I cannot see why a small DC provider is ever going to win those customers and back and make money.

  3. Avatar industry-veteran

    Bogons have been a docklands based Hosting and Colo provider for the best part of two decades, so despite not having a flashy website they have a great reputation within the industry for providing reliable, no-fuss services to clueful customers..

    Out of interest, can anyone else name a NSP with anything like as much transparency as Bogons who publish their full price list here:

    http://www.bogons.net/prices.shtml

  4. Avatar Hamish

    [admin note: comment removed, please try to avoid making potentially slanderous comments]

  5. Avatar Sean

    Although we are still to hear officially from Bogons their tech support is now helping us customers in South Wales (Llandenny Specifically) who were on the AB Internet system.

    We had a few hiccups over the weekend but they were resolved in a timely manner, never got that from our previous ISP.

    Looking forward to a more stable future now

  6. Avatar Russell

    I still haven’t had any notification that this is the case, and my service is currently running – albeit at a lot lower rate than I am contracted to.

    Does anyone have any contacts at Bogons tech support that can be spoken with direct?

  7. Avatar Cecil Ward

    BTW It’s “Bogons” not “Bogon”, the name is plural, therefore “Bogons’” when it’s a possessive form, as here in one instance. (Pedantry is a devastating ailment, have pity.)

    The 90’s aspect of their website is the good bit. Keeping it simple and fast is refreshing at least. It looks like the website’s text hasn’t been attended to in a while tho. They’re advertising 20 Mbps ADSL2+ prominently. FTTC? FTTP? Couldn’t see that clearly offered.They could perhaps do with a volunteer to help do it up and list all their services properly and in an organised fashion. It would be interesting to know a bit more about them.

  8. Avatar Cecil Ward

    And the very last occurrence should have no apostrophe – it’s just a straight plural, as of course you know, Auto-correct attack – happens to me all the time. Damn you, iOS.

  9. Avatar Cecil Ward

    I would have thought that a nukey bunker would be damp. Doesn’t sound too good for servers etc. And although it might be chilly, there is presumably no ventilation at all unless you go out of your way to provide some. I suppose it is possibly quite good from the point of physical security, and might or might not have great mains supplies.

    I worked very briefly as a contractor at a college (nameless) where there was water lying on the concrete sub-floor below the network hardware room in the basement of the building, right below equipment racks, because rainwater ran down rocks and straight in at the bottom of the building somewhere, since the outside (rock) ground level at the front of the building was higher.

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