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Following on from the licensing deal it struck with AT&T Corp to provide access to Lotus Notes over AT&T’s networks, IBM Corp’s Lotus Development Corp has signed a further 11 licensing deals with telephone operators. The non-exclusive agreements include the long-flagged one with British Telecommunications Plc, and ones with Deutsche Telekom AG, Unisource NV, Telecom Italia SpA, H&R Block Inc’s Compuserve Inc, US West Inc, Southern New England Telecommunications Corp, Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp and its NTT Data subsidiary, Telekom Malaysia Bhd and Australia Telecom will enable the carriers to offer Network Notes over their respective public networks. Lotus said trials would begin next year once Notes version 4, which has enhanced support for Network Notes, is released. Jim Manzi, senior vice-president of IBM and chief executive of Lotus, said that Network Notes would be used for inter-company project management, inter-company document management, Electronic Data Interchange transaction processing and infrastructure facilities management, and it would be adopted by 25% to 35% of the Notes installed base.

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