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DTAC provides free Wi-Fi, boosts mobile network to support field hospitals

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To support the fight against Covid-19, DTAC is deploying fixed wireless broadband service, [email protected], to offer Wi-Fi internet free of charge at several field hospitals in Thailand.

Total Access Communication Plc (DTAC) chief executive officer Sharad Mehrotra attended a meeting with Digital Economy and Society (DES) Minister Chaiwut Thanakhamanusorn and Dr Supaporn Kornluck, representing the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), at the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society to discuss the response plan for Covid-19 situation.

DTAC has committed [email protected] Wi-Fi solutions to be distributed and installed at selected field hospitals.

This is aimed at facilitating the work of health professionals and keeping the patients connected to what matters most to them.

DTAC said it has been boosting its mobile network to support high-traffic demand and ensure uninterrupted connectivity in and around every field hospital from their first day of operation.

Chaiwut said: "The ministry realises the important role of connectivity in this challenging time, especially those who are in need -- health workers at the frontline of service and patients at field hospitals.

Recently, mobile operators have joined forces with the state-owned National Telecom to facilitate connectivity services via Wi-Fi, IP Phone and CCTV cameras."

Dr. Supaporn, who is deputy director of the Medical Service Department, said: "Close contact tracing is a key strategy for interrupting chains of transmission of Covid-19-associated symptoms, which involve body temperature, blood pressure and blood oxygen level measurements.

"While social distancing is being practised strictly, connectivity plays a vital role in this humanitarian mission, keeping health workers safe to relief patients from suffering at field hospitals in particular.

In addition, it also helps them to connect with their loved ones, improving their personal connection in this challenging time."

Mehrotra said: "As the pandemic lingers on and continues to impact all parts of society, the best way we can support is by ensuring that people on the frontline, including patients, can remain connected to what matters most to them. We are committed to continuously providing relevant support to fight against this crisis in collaboration with dedicated partners."

Published : April 24, 2021

By : The Nation