Patrick Naughton started Telecom One in 1997 with a team of four, selling time on other companies’ telecoms networks to help develop his own. A focus on internet service providers and Telecom One’s own Dating Channel on Sky Digital have driven up sales 182% a year from £2.4m in 1998 to £54.7m in 2001, when the London company employed 35 people. Further growth is expected from SMS and other mobile services, especially as viewers of the Dating Channel text prospective partners.
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