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Carphone Warehouse Buys Berkshire ISP altoHiway

Posted: 28th Nov, 2006 By: MarkJ
The Carphone Warehouse (CW) has today announced yet another ISP acquisition in the shape of Berkshire based provider altoHiway:

altoHiway, one of the UK’s last remaining independent internet service providers (ISPs) has been snapped up by Carphone Warehouse in a substantial deal that sees the Berkshire based ISP become an integral part of Opal Business Solutions – the market leading B2B network solutions division of the Carphone Warehouse group.

The proceeds of the sale, which have not been disclosed, will be shared amongst Richard Sharpe, the company’s founder and the 40 staff, based at altoHiway’s two sites in Newbury. These include a purpose-built data centre, which was opened three years ago as part of a £1m expansion programme by the company.

As part of the deal, Richard Sharpe will relinquish his role as Managing Director, although other members of the senior management team including Stewart Lawrence (Finance Director); Chris Wood, (Sales Director); Dave Mullender, (Technical Director) and Chris Arnold, (Systems Director) are expected to take on new positions within Opal in the next few days.

Sharpe and his team were advised by international chartered accountants, The Norton Practice (TNP), based in the Thames Valley. The Practice has a strong technology, media and telecommunications focus and the team was led by Rory Kindlon, who last year also advised on the sale of another ISP, REDNET, to OneTel, which has subsequently been taken over by Carphone Warehouse.

So much for taking a break while they integrate AOL UK into the mould, Carphone seems to be doing quite the opposite. Hopefully the providers existing customers will continue to be catered for.
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