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General Electric’s Geisco computer services unit is close to establishing a joint venture on electronic data interchange, EDI, with Finland’s premier industrial conglomerate Oy Nokia of Helsinki. The agreement would be similar to the one with ICL in the UK that created International Network Services Ltd, INS. An INS spokesman says that it is likely that Nokia would handle EDI traffic with Geisco to and from the whole of Scandinavia. Geisco has embarked on a plan to establish national bridgeheads around the world with companies that are well established in their own countries in the EDI field as a way of making EDI headway worldwide. It has already established INS with ICL in the UK, taking ICL into markets worldwide and giving itself penetration in the UK. It also has a deal with NEC in Japan and is talking to a number of other companies including the National Computer Board in Singapore.

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