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Europe Online and Celimage announce Joint Venture Project to establish High Resolution Digital Picture Archive and Electronic Distribution Center in Luxembourg

Luxembourg, 7th June 2002

Europe Online Investments S.A., owner of one of the world's largest digital broadband convergence networks via satellite and Celimage S.A have announced the creation of a high resolution digital picture archive and electronic distribution center in Luxembourg. Celartem Technology Inc. Japan, leading software developer for electronic imaging was chosen by Celimage to provide the technology. (Content format and distribution) Scala Spa of Florence, Italy , leading European museum image archives will be the first content provider of Celimage. Both Europe Online Investments S.A. and Celimage S.A. are based at the Media Center in Betzdorf, Luxembourg, home of the world's largest satellite system, SES Global.

In the framework of the Joint Venture project, Europe Online Investments S.A. will be responsible for hosting the digital picture archive at its world-class network operations center in Betzdorf as well as being an Application Service Provider (ASP) and Network Distributor for the Celimage Service. The Celimage service consists of offering high-resolution digital images for reproduction to publishers around the world and then to the public at large.

Scala and Celartem respectively, have one of the largest museum image digital archive in the world and the well-known VFZ technology permitting image reproductions on a scale of 2.5 to 1600%. The powerful concentration of art and technology of Celimage responds to a real professional need of image users and publishers to have access to high quality art images for reproduction and sale.

The next step from the B2B market to the B2C market where we could offer our broadband Internet via satellite users "print on demand" of high quality images is of course an exciting project indeed, said Candace Johnson, Europe Online Investments President.

"Europe Online's next generation digital converged broadband network where "content is delivery" and "storage is transport" responds perfectly to the needs of Celimage for a storage area network, electronic distribution and an application service provider." remarked Jiro Shindo, President of Celartem Technology Inc.

For more information :
Scala Group Spa
Celartem Technology Inc.Celimage S.A.
Mr. Jiro ShindoMr. Gérard BonnevayMr. A. Passigli
Europe Online Investments S.A.
Candace Johnson

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