The privatised Dutch postal and telecommunications service Koninklijke PTT Nederland (KPN), announced on July 8 that it has struck a partnership agreement with the American Netscape group covering the introduction of a standardised Internet service for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The contract's value has not been revealed, but KPN spokesman Ernst Moeksis has indicated that it is worth several million dollars. The contract is in no sense an alliance between KPN and Netscape, but will enable KPN to use Netscape software through licences purchased annually. The new KPN service should lead to the establishment of internal communications systems within SMEs, enabling clients to focus solely on...

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