Virgin USA snaps up Helio

Yet another US MVNO stumbles and falls, as US virtual network operator Virgin Mobile USA acquires rival Helio, the joint venture between SK Telecom and EarthLink. Virgin said it is to acquire Helio from parents SK Telecom and EarthLink for a total of $39m, giving it around 170,000 extra subscribers. However, the Korean operator wants […]

Metro wifi resuscitated in Philadelphia

A consortium of local investors have acquired the wifi network covering the US city of Philadelphia, just weeks after the previous owner EarthLink said it would shut the operation down. Last month, the US ISP revealed that negotiations with the City of Philadelphia, in which EarthLink offered to transfer ownership of the entire $17m network […]

Metro wifi dies with a whimper in Philly

US internet service provider EarthLink said this week that it would be shutting down its free and paid for metropolitan wifi service in Philadelphia. Customers will have access to the service until June 12, after which date the ISP will pull the plug. EarthLink’s decision to kill off the network doesn’t come as a surprise […]


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