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February 6, 1989


By CBR Staff Writer

Credit Mutuel, the fifth largest banking group in France, has turned to ICL in a bid to link the various computing systems of its 21 regional subsidiaries, reports Electronique Actualites. Although Credit Mutuel’s central system is an ICL Series 39 mainframe under VME, its regional departments use, among others, ICL DRS terminal computer systems, Nokia LC 2000 minis – derived from the old Datasaab D5 processor, MS-DOS micros, a viewdata teller system running under Unix, and an applications generator on the TRI-TI P7000 range from Philips Data Systems. ICL has installed two Oslan networks to interconnect these systems, housed in Credit Mutuel’s headquarters in Dijon and a new building nearby. The two sites are linked via an Oslan bridge over a 64Kbps telephone line. Since both terminals and intelligent systems are connected to the network, each subsidiary can access either of the two networks. Credit Mutuel also foresees an Appletalk network for the future, which will be connected to the central system via an MS-DOS machine, enabling the bank to use Macintoshes too. The plans signify Credit Mutuel’s commitment to computerisation; the bank spends $1.3m annually on computers and computer equipment.

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