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Orange & Sky in bid to get AOL

3rd July 2006

Orange & Sky in bid to get AOL

The main contenders in the race to land AOL (UK) after the first round of bidding has seen Orange & SKY as the front runners according to reports from the Telegraph newspaper.

Orange & Sky want AOLIt is believed that Orange are going to bid very aggressively in an attempt to stop Sky buying AOL, as they see that if Sky do acquire AOL then that is going to put huge pressure on their own broadband internet business.

With Orange also planning on offering digital TV along with other services they want as many customers using their service as they can as apposed to Sky who are already able to supply digital TV and who are set to launch a "free broadband" offer later in the summer!

Sky already has a broadband base to work with as they bought out Easynet last year.

AOL would be a big boost to both companies, as AOL is currently the 3rd largest broadband provider in the UK, behind BT Broadband and also the joined companies NTL & Telewest.

The sale is expected to be for around 650 million.

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