AGL to close Dingo Blue
Utilities provider, Australian Gas Light Company (AGL), has announced it will close down its Dingo Blue mobile phone business on October 31. AGL moved into the IT space with the $22 million acquisition of Dingo Blue from Optus in December 2000. But the acquisition yielded little fruit for the company — it closed down Dingo Blue’s ISP and fixed voice businesses in March 2002, writing off nearly twice as much as it had paid for the business. AGL had been keeping the mobile telephony business in operation while it attempted to resolve a dispute with Optus concerning the original acquisition. The two companies settled earlier this month, with Optus making a payment of $23 million to AGL.
SkyNetGlobal teams with Simply Wireless
Wireless Internet access provider, SkyNetGlobal, has formed a strategic alliance with Simply Wireless in which both companies will offer each other’s solutions to their customers. Under the terms of the agreement, ASX-listed SkyNetGlobal will offer its customers access to the Simply Wireless range of Business Wireless Network Solutions, while wireless networking specialist, Simply Wireless, will offer SkyNetGlobal’s Connector and Wi-Fi prepaid service, enabling mobility and wireless broadband from more than 1000 hotspots worldwide. Simply Wireless CEO, Desmond O’Geran, said: “The bundling of SkyNetGlobal’s remote access service with our enterprise in office wireless solutions will provide our customers with wireless Internet where ever they are — on the road via hotspots, at work or in the home.”