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Qualcomm brings 3G to Thai health stations

Posted: 02 Jul 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:mobile broadband? Thailand medical service? 3G?

Qualcomm Inc. announced it will bring next-generation broadband services, notebook computers and cellphones to Princess Mother's Medical Volunteer (PMMV) public health stations in the rural areas in nine provinces in Thailand.

The latest initiative is the second phase of the company's Wireless Reach program with PMMV, the Thailand Ministry of Public Health, CAT Telecom and Huawei Technologies, which provides rural and remote underserved communities in Thailand with the latest CDMA2000 EV-DO high-speed wireless networks that will improve the delivery of critical health and medical services.

Qualcomm, along with its project partners, will donate 49 sets of notebook computers, printers and adaptors to 49 operational public health stations within PMMV's network and Huawei Technologies Thailand will donate 49 CDMA-based EV-DO data cards and 49 C5320 cellphones. CAT Telecom will also provide service for aircards and SIM cards, including one-year of support for voice and unlimited data usage. In addition, a computer, printer and adaptor will be donated to the PMMV office to support the coordination effort.

"Improving universal healthcare through 3G and high-speed wireless broadband is a core focus of Qualcomm's Wireless Reach initiative," said Kaneungjit Suriyathumrongkul, senior director of business development for Qualcomm Thailand. "Our commitment to bringing sustained social and economic opportunities to people in underserved communities lacking adequate medical and educational resources helps to meet Thailand's objective of providing easier and faster access to medical facilities and assistance."

"PMMV is very glad to expand and continue our project with Qualcomm, CAT Telecom and Huawei Technologies to provide much needed communications equipment and services to help achieve our nation's goals of delivering widespread medical access in rural and remote areas and improving teledensity through quality high-speed wireless data services," said Yooth Bodharamik, deputy secretary general of PMMV. "This latest initiative is a Qualcomm Wireless Reach pilot project with PMMV, MOPH, CAT Telecom and Huawei Technologies to improve the quality of critical health and medical services in rural and remote underserved communities in Thailand."

The first phase of the Wireless Reach initiative was launched in June 2007 and involved the provision of 3G mobile communications equipment.

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