France Telecom and IBM are to bundle Web site management, hosting and payment systems in a package aimed at small businesses in France.
Dubbed "ecomptoir", the offer will enable small businesses to create sites and process order for as little as £60 a month, the companies claim.
It is part of France Telecom's rapid expansion into ecommerce solutions to offset low margins in its traditional businesses.
France Telecom partnered with IBM last november to develop software and provide Internet access to the 35 million users of Minitel, France Telecom's proprietary online service.
France Telecom also claimed today it had set a world record for data transmission by sending data at one terabit - 1,000 billion bits - per second over 1,000km of optical fibre. The company said it will continue to work on this technology to enable it to become part of the network.
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