Opal Telecom claims to be Britain’s largest independent telecoms network operator. Founded in Manchester by Neil McArthur in 1995, Opal offers voice and data services primarily to businesses in the UK. Sales have risen 121% a year from £19m in 1999 to £92m in 2001. Opal merged with the fixed-line operations of Martin Dawes in 1999 and now has more than 20,000 business customers.
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