Yorkshire based wireless internet service provider Quickline has done a deal with troubled Lincolnshire wireless ISP Linpop that will save the firm from administration
Financial terms of the deal were undisclosed. The merger means that Quickline will assume responsibility for Linpop’s existing customer base.
Hemswell-based Linpop provided wireless broadband across parts of rural Lincolnshire which did not have access to fast internet connectivity.
Quickline told local publication The Lincolnite, that rather than competing in the same market it would instead provide a “cohesive service”.
“Linpop was originally set up in response to the appalling broadband service in this part of Lincolnshire and we have continued to extend our service beyond the initial area as demand has arisen,” said Vaughan Kitchin, founder of Linpop.
“It has always been my vision to develop the rural North Lincolnshire area and the Trent Valley, as a major technological district for innovative online businesses, with a view to transforming the local community and resurrecting rural village life whilst, at the same time, reducing the carbon foot print.”
“We aim to retain and attract the younger generation of entrepreneurs from the cities back to their countryside home,” he said. “Now with Quickline, our service provision expands to allow for this and we hope to see more, young web designers, media designers, films makers and internet entrepreneurs return.”
Steve Jagger, Managing Director of Quickline added: “It completely makes sense to join together rather than compete and takes Quickline one-step closer to becoming the largest footprint WiMAX provider in the UK.”
“As an independent wireless internet service provider, we have invested in our own technology since 2007, which means that we can provide an excellent service and keep overheads and customer costs under control,” he said.