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Three acquires broadband provider Relish

Feb 9th 2017, 12:12 by

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Mobile phone operator Three have taken their first step into the UK’s home broadband market with the £250 million purchase of wireless internet provider Relish.

Relish serves both home and business broadband to 15,000 customers across Central London (who will now be transferred across to Three) and was formerly owned by UK broadband, who in turn are a subsidiary of Hong Kong based telecommunication company PCCW.

The acquisition has also granted Three quite a bit of additional mobile spectrum which will prove invaluable during the future launch of their 5G services as it’s come before Ofcom are due to auction off a total of 190MHz of Britain’s mobile spectrum sometime in the summer of 2017.

Dave Dyson, Chief Executive of Three, was very positive about his company’s procurement of the additional mobile phone spectrum stating that it “takes the risk out of the auction.”

Last May, Three’s potential £10.25 billion takeover of rival network O2 from Spanish telecom giant Telefonica was blocked by the European Commission on the grounds it would cause a sharp increase in the price of the UK’s mobile services.

PCCW originally began operating in the UK when they applied for a license to operate a WiMax network, which is designed to offer faster and more wide-ranging signals than Wi-Fi. A few years later, they launched a rental-free broadband service named Now Wireless which was rebranded as Relish back in 2014.
Source: Financial Times

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