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COVID-19: Altice to strengthen communication infrastructures in field hospitals in Portugal

Altice Portugal will reinforce fixed and mobile communication infrastructures in Temporary Reception and Treatment Facilities for People, such as field hospitals or complexes set up in stadiums and municipal pavilions, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The initiative carried out in collaboration with the National Authority for Emergency and Cvil Protection (ANEPC) aims to ensure the smooth functioning of communications and a greater capacity for health professionals to respond to daily challenges. Ensuring the regular functioning of communications is our main objective, endowing our network with greater resilience and capacity, says Altice in a press release.

Recently, Altice (MEO), NOS, NOWO and Vodafone launched a special data package for healthcare professionals. It was thus guaranteed to those who are directly responding to the public health crisis and the Health System Central Administration (ACSS) identified an extra ceiling of 10 thousand minutes of voice for national fixed and mobile networks, 10 thousand SMS for national mobile networks and 10 GB of data.

Previously, Altice Portugal and Huawei came together to help health professionals and patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in hospitals to communicate with the family. The companies made hundreds of pieces of equipment available to the Ministry of Health to facilitate remote communications, remembering that, even if we need to be physically distant in times of pandemic, technology will continue to allow proximity.

Both companies also made available to Portuguese hospitals a dozen video conferencing systems. The objective was to provide them with remote communication tools, allowing contact with suppliers, partners and distance healthcare professionals, as well as the debate on clinical cases between professionals from different healthcare institutions.