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TalkTalk Business (trading name of TalkTalk Communications Ltd) is a business broadband, telephone, mobile phone and IT support provider owned by TalkTalk Group.
TalkTalk Business changed its name from Opal Telecom on 1 February 2011. However it has its origins in many business divisions of telecommunications companies that have been taken over including Pipex, Opal Telecom, Freedom2surf, Nildram and Tiscali.
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Pipex was the UK's first commercial ISP, started in 1991 when Internet popularity was soaring, and in 2007 it was the sixth largest ISP in the UK. The company was formed as the first commercial ISP by Unipalm in 1990 as The Public I.P. Exchange Ltd (Pipex), founded by Peter Dawe. In mid-1992, it began operating a 64k transatlantic leased line to UUNET and another to JANET. One of its first customers was Demon Internet, shortly followed by the BBC.
In November 1994, Keith Mitchell, then chief technical officer of Pipex, initiated a meeting with BT to discuss the creation of a London-based Internet exchange. Pipex donated a Cisco Catalyst 1200 network switch which formed the basis of LINX.
The brand became known as Worldcom Pipex, after UUNET merged with MFS, which is later acquired by WorldCom before merging with MCI to form WorldCom MCI, later renaming back to MCI which was then taken over by Verizon Communications. Pipex retains contracts with Verizon with regards to the network structure.
In June 1999, David Rickards was appointed Managing Director, when the Pipex business was transferred to Highway Ltd.
In January 2002 Pipex invested £2 million to get 40,000 DSL users online.
In October 2003 Pipex was acquired by GX Networks plc, who retained the Pipex name, renaming itself to Pipex Communications plc. Pipex remained a strong brand, and an internet service provider market leader.
Following the purchase of Tiscali UK by The Carphone Warehouse before TalkTalk was demerged in May 2008, Pipex became part of the TalkTalk Group. The TalkTalk business brand, Opal Telecom, has accompanied the Pipex brand since early 2009.
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