Asia Online customers courted

ISPs are circling to offer services in place of Asia Online, which has been sold after going into voluntary liquidation late last month.

ISPs are circling to offer services in place of Asia Online, which has been sold after going into voluntary liquidation late last month.

“Every man and his dog who had a server seemed to think they’d be capable of hosting us,” says one Asia Online customer, auction site TradeMe’s managing director, Nigel Stanford.

Stanford says he has been approached by a number of ISPs including “some large ones”.

One opportunist ISP, Auckland-based ISP StrongNet, has run into trouble with domain name registry company Domainz, which has suspended it for spamming Asia Online customers. StrongNet will not be able to update or change domain name details with Domainz while the company investigates the matter.

Asia Online’s liquidator, KPMG, has reportedly sold the failed ISP to Dresden Equities. Dresden already owns two ISPs, Ezysurf and Esurf, and offers a virtual ISP service.

“We’re taking them all into consideration and will see what happens next,” says Stanford.

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