Servizi Interbancari, an Italian bank service bureau, said it has agreed to connect 40,000 point of sale terminals to the edc/Maestro debit network.

The announcement came on the heels of a 6,000-terminal commitment by Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, one of the nation's top commercial banks, and put Italy on course to have 70,000 of the on-line debit terminals in place by next summer's tourist season.

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