The CME-based information will be transmitted using streaming media, voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) communication services, and video tele-conferencing, among other telecommunication technologies. MCPE, through CME programmes, trains approximately 20.000 doctors annually, who are collectively in contact with some 10.000.000 total patients. The initial deployment of this programme calls for the installation of VSAT terminals at hospitals in Warsaw, Posnan, and Katovitz, which will be connected to Exus' shared satellite network. The Polish Ministry of Health will provide the licenses for operation of these satellite-based services.
Under the agreement, Exus will be responsible for installing and maintaining the network infrastructure which will provide the necessary connectivity to operate the MCPE's CME programmes. Exus will also be responsible for managing business relationships and financial arrangements with CME content providers. Both MCPE and Exus Networks will pursue financing for the project through a combination of international, Polish government initiated grants; sponsorships from companies in the health industry; and course fees charged to doctors. The programmes are expected to commence in the first quarter of 2002 and yield $2 million in revenue.
Ike Sutton, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Exus Networks, commented: "We are excited to be participating in a cutting-edge and dynamic industry such as satellite-based distance CME programmes. This agreement positions Exus to develop distance learning via satellite, capabilities which are one of the most important services delivered over our network. It will ensure that doctors participating in these programmes are able to enhance their education and keep up with the latest advancements in medicine from around the world. This contract is a model for other countries in our network."
Dr. Walerian Staszkiewicz, Director of the Medical Centre for Postgraduate Education, stated: "We are pleased that in partnership with Exus Networks we will create an international CME environment for Poland. This international CME environment will address educational, training and professional aspects in course information to thousands of Polish doctors, which will in turn benefit millions of patients in Poland. We look forward to partnering with Exus and jointly identifying additional opportunities to introduce distance-based CME programmes into the Polish market place."
Based in New York, Exus Networks is a provider of a broad array of value-added, satellite and terrestrially based communication services to a diverse client base that includes medium to large multi-national businesses, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), and governmental agencies. Through service agreements with satellite, teleport, and terrestrial network operators, strategic relationships with leading telecommunications partners, and the company's satellite gateway and data centre, Exus Networks is poised to benefit from the growing need for affordable, premium quality managed data networking services. Markets in which Exus is currently active include Poland, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan.