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Tiscali S.p.A.
Type Public (BIT: TIS)
Founded January 1998
Headquarters Cagliari, Italy
Key people Vittorio Serafino (Chairman), Mario Rosso (CEO), Renato Soru (Founder)
Industry Communications and Media
Products Communications
Revenue 678,481,000 as of 2006
Website tiscali.com

Tiscali S.p.A. (BIT: TIS) is a European telecommunications company, based in Cagliari, Italy, and provides internet and telecommunications services in Italy, although it has previously had operations in many European nations. The company acquired many smaller European Internet Service Providers (ISPs) throughout the late 1990s, although in subsequent years these assets were sold on to other companies.



Tiscali was formed in 1998 when the Italian telecommunications market was deregulated. Its name is formed from a 2000 year old village situated in Sardinia[1]. The company's original priority was internet access, which enabled the company to expand quickly during the dot-com boom. The company acquired, in quick succession, World Online (The Netherlands), Liberty Surf (France) and LineOne (UK), instantly giving it market presence in those countries. This made it the third largest Internet Service Provider in Europe, with presence in most European countries. Its founder, Renato Soru, was governor of Sardinia from 2004 to 2009.

In March 2009, Tiscali asked banks to postpone the payment of interest of debts following a failure to sell Tiscali UK to BSkyB. [2] In June 2009 the UK branch was sold to the The Carphone Warehouse and their TalkTalk brand.[3]


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European countries of Tiscali SpA operation:      current      previous      Tiscali name used, but no wholly-owned service

Each of Tiscali's regional companies offer many services, which may include:

Internet access

Tiscali provides broadband internet access.


In addition to ISP services, Tiscali offers telephone services.


Tiscali SpA briefly operated an IPTV service in Italy (available in the cities of Bologna, Cagliari, Florence, Genova, Milan, Naples, Palermo, Rome, Turin and Trieste) from 11 December 2007. It's UK television service, Tiscali TV was acquired by TalkTalk in 2009 as previously mentioned.

Network services

Tiscali's former Carrier Company, Tiscali International Network, is a pure play carrier business delivering wholesale services including Global IP Connectivity, MPLS lines, Voice over IP and Network Monitoring[4]. As of May 2009 Tinet's IP/MPLS backbone counts 90 POPs and extends over 17 European countries and across the United States and Hong Kong. Its Autonomous Systems (AS3257) is a core ASN in the global Internet routing table, as well as the largest IPv6 backbone outside Asia.

The network was sold to the Italian private equity firm BS Private Equity SpA on 27 May 2009, and renamed Tinet.

Web portal

Tiscali ran similar web portals for each of its countries, which include features such as webmail, reviews, news, videos, dating, chat, radio, TV guide, streaming TV channels and others.

Tiscali 10.0

Tiscali 10.0 was Tiscali's integrated self-branded web browser, which was distributed with its dial-up Internet packages. It was produced by UltraBrowser Inc, and used Microsoft's Internet Explorer Trident rendering engine to display web pages. Since Tiscali's corporate re-branding exercise in 2004, the software has not been included in broadband installation packs as it features Tiscali's original logo and design layout, and generally was designed for those with dial-up packages. Its version number was matched to that of UltraBrowser's most recent version of their own browser.

Sales and acquisitions

Beginning in 2004, Tiscali sold off many of its regional sub-companies to native telecommunications operators in order to focus more on prime target areas.

  • On 16 August 2004, Tiscali disposed of its Austrian branch, Tiscali Österreich GmbH, to Nextra Telecom GmbH.
  • On 20 August 2004, Tiscali disposed of its South African branch, Tiscali (Pty), to MWEB Holdings (Pty) Ltd.
  • On 23 August 2004, Tiscali disposed of its Norwegian branch, Tiscali AS, to Telenor Telecom Solutions
  • On 30 August 2004, Tiscali disposed of its Swedish counterpart, Tiscali AB, to Spray Network AB, then a subsidiary of Lycos.
  • On 16 September 2004, Tiscali disposed of its Swiss counterpart, Tiscali AG, reaching an agreement with Smart Telecom AG.
  • On 19 October 2004, Tiscali sold its South African mobile telephone network, Tiscali Mobile, to Vodacom.
  • On 29 November 2004, Tiscali disposed of its Belgian subsidiary, Tiscali N.V, reaching an agreement with Scarlet Belgie Holding B.V [5]
  • On 1 February 2005, Tiscali sold its Danish company, Tiscali Denmark A/S, to Tele2 A/S.
  • On 5 May 2005, Tiscali sold the French ISP, Liberty Surf to Telecom Italia [6]
  • On 31 January 2007, Tiscali disposed of its German business to consumer activities to Freenet.de AG, at a sum of 30 million.[7]. It later sold its business to business transactions on 5 February 2007 to Ecotel Communication AG, with future intentions to leave the German market altogether [8].
  • On 19 June 2007, Tiscali disposed of its Dutch branch, Tiscali BV, to Royal KPN NV [9]
  • On 11 October 2006, Tiscali announced that it was to focus on the UK and Italy as its prime ISP targets, with plans to introduce new services to them including a mobile network operator and new IPTV products to the United Kingdom by its acquisition of Homechoice.[10]
  • On 31 December 2008, Tiscali shut down its IPTV service in Italy.[11]
  • On 27 May 2009, Tiscali sold its International arm, Tinet to BS Private Equity firm [12]
  • On 30 June 2009 Tiscali sold its UK subsidiary to the The Carphone Warehouse following regulatory approval from the European Union.[13] The service was rebranded as TalkTalk in January 2010.[14].

See also


External links

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