ISDN specialists Wam!Net, Hermstedt and 4Sight are suffering from a UK ISDN slump.

Although ISDN offers key advantages such as secure point-to-point networking, the UK ISDN industry is suffering on two fronts. With increasing broadband availability customers are are increasingly migrating to Internet-based networking solutions, such as FTP or email. Existing ISDN users, meanwhile, have reliable equipment with a slow upgrade cycle.

Hermstedt UK general manager Andy Eakins last week stepped down from his position. The UK operation is being streamlined, with technical support queries directed to Hermstedt's German office.
Eakins said: "It's been seven good years at Hermstedt, but the market has changed. I felt it was time for me to move on. I've decided to take a new role after a summer break with my family."

He added: "I'd like to stay in the Apple industry and I'm looking for the next big challenge."

Savvis acquires Wam!Net Also in the sector, Savvis Communications is to acquire Wam!Net's commercial business for $3 million initially, with more to be paid in April 2004. Wam!Net provides content management and delivery services.

Savvis believes the acquisition will add "critical application expertise in the content management and rich media industry" to its portfolio. It also expects it to "support its plans to deliver expanded network-based rich media applications services, such as digital-content management, collaboration, archiving and delivery services, in addition to Savvis' current managed video transport and transcoding capabilities," the company said.

Rob McCormick, chairman and CEO of Savvis said: "With this acquisition, we can offer Savvis' customers a new set of services that have already proven valuable for many of the world's largest corporations, including media and music companies."

4Sight, however, declined to comment. File-transfer specialist 4Sight was formed in 1989, and was acquired by Wam!Net in 1998. Reports suggest the division was not acquired as part of the Wam!Net acquisition, and its fate is presently unknown.