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In a further sign of the extremely competitive broadband market in the UK, small ISP Ace Internet has announced that it will cease trading.

The wind-up notice came after the founder of the ISP, Stephen Daniels, was declared bankrupt in June, ISPreview reports

Ace had also become embroiled in a billing dispute with its network supplier Entanet last month.

A company statement said: "Unfortunately due to increased competition and recent events, it is no longer viable for us to continue to provide services.

"We would like to thank all our customers, both past and present, for your custom and support over the last nine years."

All Ace customers are to be provided with a migration code to allow them to transfer to another ISP, which will be available from Ace's website.

The news follows increasing signs of consolidation of the big providers within the industry in Britain.

Tiscali recently completed its acquisition of Pipex, which boosted its user base to 1.9 million - and the UK's largest ISP BT recently declared that it now supplied four million customers.

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