Cybersource Corp., which provides electronic commerce services to more than 400 merchants worldwide, said it has established a high-speed communications link with Vital Processing Services' VirtualNet Payment Gateway.

The frame relay link between the systems gives Vital's financial institutions and other merchant processing clients access to Cybersource's payment, fraud screen, tax calculation, fulfillment management, and distribution control services.

"We are pleased to be able to offer our clients such a robust Internet service offering," said Donna Embry, senior vice president of marketing for Vital, based in Tempe, Ariz. "Cybersource goes beyond the ordinary payment- link-provider model and offers a complete real-time solution."

"Financial institutions that already depend on Vital for payment processing are now able to offer their merchants the complete suite of Cybersource's e-commerce transaction services," said Steve Klebe, the California company's vice president of payment industry alliances.

"With this relationship we are providing merchants more options in selecting their banks," Mr. Klebe said.

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