"These acquisitions will enable Pipex to provide triple-play in the UK market by the end of 2007," said Pipex chairman Peter Dubens.

"Broadband, voice and mobile will be bundled and offered to our entire base in the coming months."

Pipex has bought Toucan and the troubled Bulldog from Cable & Wireless expanding its customer base to some 1.1 million customers, of which over 570,000 are broadband subscribers.

Pipex will also now be able to supply a ‘triple-play’ offering of broadband, fixed line and mobile, as well as gain further local loop unbundling (LLU) opportunities.

LLU allows competitors of BT, which maintains the existing UK telecoms infrastructure, to offer services direct to customers.

It has cost Pipex £12m for 110,000 consumer and small-business customers of Cable & Wireless, as well as access to its LLU access network, which covers 800 UK exchanges. It also paid £24m for Toucan and its 185,000 customers.

Pipex bought Homecall in March 2006 for an undisclosed sum, taking on the firm's £43m in debt and half a million customers thereby doubling Pipex's size.