BNP, LibertySurf Promote Online Banking Site
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"We've signed a partnership agreement for a combined offer of our services, but these will remain independent," said Carole Liscia, a spokesperson for LibertySurf.
In advertisements appearing in French newspapers, BNP, France's second-largest bank, offers free two-month trial subscriptions to BNPNet, with the deal available to BNP customers who sign up for LibertySurf before September 20.
BNP said it had some 65,000 BNPNet subscribers, which it hopes to expand to 100,000 by years' end. By comparison, the bank's Minitel service has 350,000 customers.
The ISP's bandwidth is 300 megabits, which will increase to 600megabits by year's end, Liscia said.
"We have three to four more partnership agreements in the works, in particular with Castorama, a do-it-yourself store chain," said Liscia.
BNPNet, which normally costs FF45 per month (US$7.25), allows customers to consult their accounts online, download statements into Money, Quicken or Excel, and make electronic payments and stock exchange orders, the company said.