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INS Acquires Wisper Bandwidth

The UK's third largest ISP, Internet Network Services, of Wimbledon, London, acquired the business of Wisper Bandwidth plc, making it the leading supplier of services to downstream ISPs.

The acquisition of Wisper's business gives INS direct connectivity into major European business centres: in Spain, Italy, Switzerland, France, Netherlands, Sweden and Germany. It also increases INS's number of points of presence (POPs) by 20 per cent in the UK, while doubling its network capacity.

"Wisper's customers in the UK will not see a change in their service, as we plan to keep both networks running simultaneously," Neil McGhee, customer director of INS. "However, In Europe we believe the combined networks plus our fully financed expansion plans, will result in greatly improved reach and service levels. What all our customers will see is improved customer care, and the expansion of their service portfolio through combining the expertise of INS and Wisper's staff."

Earlier, INS had admitted that finding experienced IT network staff had been a problem. It had run various recruitment drives without great success.

"A major gain in the acquisition is the Wisper staff, with whom we can work to expand the services we offer," commented Neil McGhee.

This week INS has also announced the launch of Safenet, a network-level filtering service. Safenet enables business customers to shield staff from inappropriate or offensive web sites, using both its own filters and Cyber Patrol software.

As an international Tier-1 ISP, INS provides permanent, leased line Internet connectivity to companies, together with managed network services. Firmly focused on the business market, it claims a disconnection rate of less than one per cent, and a core network which has never been offline. Privately held, its investors include Barings Communications Equity Ltd. (BCEL) and Spectrum Equity Investors.