Telecommunications provider, Datafast, has acquired the ISP business of troubled IT services company, Impaq, which appointed administrators last week.
While not disclosing the terms of the deal, Datafast CEO, Simon Ehrenfeld, said the acquired ISP business included a database of more than 2000 subscribers to Impaq’s dial-up ISP services.
The acquisition did not include the proprietary education software produced by Impaq, which is currently being offered for sale by administrators James Stewart and Peter Walker of Ferrier Hodgson.
“While we think the education business has a huge future, unfortunately it is not our core competency,” Ehrenfeld said.
Impaq’s ISP customers are for the most part residential dial-up subscribers that had also at some stage been educated at one of the exclusive schools that accessed Impaq’s educational software via virtual private network (VPN)/Intranet.
These customers generally reside in Melbourne, Geelong and Sydney.
Ehrenfeld said Datafast already had several points of presence and offices in these areas, making the business very easy to integrate.
“The Impaq business is quite straightforward so we expect integration to be completed within 14 days at minimal cost,” he said.
Datafast is offering to fulfill the remainder of any subscriptions held with Impaq free of charge and will also continue to offer the customers the terms and plans they had been subscribing to under their previous supplier.
Ehrenfeld said Impaq’s ISP subscribers were on “very good deals” with their old provider, but the real value in the acquisition would be in encouraging these customers to trade up and connect to broadband services.
He said most of the schools that were Impaq customers were private and/or exclusive, so he was confident they could afford to upgrade to broadband.
More than 10 per cent of Datafast’s customers were connected to broadband, he said, predicting that at least 10 per cent of Impaq’s ISP customers would do the same.
“The best thing about our DSL deal is that we don’t rope people into long contracts,” he said.