France Telecom has announced an information technology and systems integration agreement with Science Applications International Corp., the U.S. consulting and engineering company that is becoming increasingly involved in banking and financial systems.

The companies said the first phase of their "partnership agreement" would involve joint efforts in information security, call centers, various forms of electronic commerce, and new-generation networking.

SAIC would contribute its Global Integrity Corp. subsidiary to data security projects, and Telcordia Technologies, formerly Bellcore, to advanced networking developments.

San Diego-based SAIC recently agreed to acquire the Broadway & Seymour banking software business in Charlotte, N.C.

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