Carphone already operates its own AOL UK. It was recently announced that it would split TalkTalk and the company's mobile business into two separate firms.broadband brand, and also owns
Tiscali held talks with BSkyB over a similar deal in March, which came to nothing. According to a BBC report, the troubled Italian firm is mired in around £535m of debt.
The deal is expected to be completed around the end of June, and until then Tiscali will continue to operate as a separate company. A spokesman for TalkTalk assured us that the 1.4 million existing Tiscali customers won't have to do anything, and their service and email addresses will continue to work. Carphone's main focus, however, is on the TalkTalk brand, so in future we may see the various broadband services consolidated under that banner.