Transaction Network Services Inc., which provides communications infrastructure support to major electronic banking and card networks, announced the acquisition of Sligos Payment Services PLC, which is based in the United Kingdom.

Transaction Network's U.K. company, TNS TransXpress Holding, was the nominal buyer from Sligos Payment's Paris-based owner, Atos SA. In a similar deal in March, TNS acquired Atos Ireland Ltd., now named Switchtran Ltd.

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