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So Broadband’s Collapse - Telabria Goes Too

Posted: 05th Dec, 2006 By: MarkJ
Last week (here) we reported on the collapse of broadband wireless ISP So Broadband. Today it has emerged that parent company, the Kent based wireless provider Telabria, was the cause and has itself called in the liquidators:

Accountancy firm Smith and Williamson said it had been called in by Telabria directors on 15 November to liquidate the firm. Telabria's wireless networking kit has been sold off to fellow Kent broadband outfit OrbitalNet.

Telabria's So Broadband service offered 10Mbps internet access and private circuits up to 45Mbps, with integrated VoIP services.

OrbitalNet MD Darren Brown said he had purchased the gear last week and has been working to get Telabria's customers back online. So Broadband punters in Canterbury and the surrounding area - around 50 per cent of the customer base - are already back up, he said. Sittingbourne and the Isle of Sheppey are still down, among others.

Certainly this will come as a significant blow to fixed-wireless broadband providers, which despite being able to offer some advantages (symmetrical high speeds), must still compete with an increasingly aggressive fixed-line broadband market.

Hopefully OrbitalNet is able to succeed where Telabria was not, although we do not know precisely why they collapsed and can only assume economic and competitive reasons. More @ The Register.
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