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Improving Connectivity for healthcare workers in remote areas

One SIM, Multiple Networks. Improving Connectivity for healthcare workers in remote areas.

Introducing and maintaining a rigorous COVID-19 testing program for millions of people continues to be an ongoing challenge for Governments, NGOs and healthcare providers around the world. 

However, across emerging markets large-scale testing programs, accompanied by remote diagnostics, are already widely used to identify and check the spread of infectious diseases such as Ebola, HIV and TB - and, more recently, COVID-19.

The use of devices to collect and share medical data and analysis, test results and treatment plans in real-time over secure systems across multiple countries has been key to the success and evolution of e and mHealth. 

A recent article in The Lancet, the independent, international weekly general medical journal, cites the “use of big data and AI..as...an excellent applicability for both outbreak control and preparedness”.

However, unreliable bandwidth and patchy connectivity are problems for mobile healthcare professionals on the ground.  Doctors, nurses and community teams now have the technology to test, share information, receive timely results and notifications as well as treatment programs, thanks to the plethora of connected field solutions – from specialist devices to smartphones with applications.

But they need reliable, secure data connectivity - and to be able to use the fastest up and down links regardless of their location.

The traditional route is to buy local SIMs to provide device connectivity. Unfortunately, this limits the team to one MNO - and adds juggling multiple SIMs across devices to find the strongest local network to a long list of headaches.  

One SIM, Multiple Networks For Faster and More Reliable Connectivity

With the specific goal of improving connectivity in remote areas, Telecom26 developed its Multi-IMSI global SIM cards. 

These enable one SIM to access multiple networks both in-country and across borders thus removing the need to worry about the coverage of a single MNO, or the existence of roaming alliances. Multiple-IMSI profiles are pre-loaded on every SIM allowing for simple reconfiguration if the primary network has poor or no service.

Our Multi-IMSI global SIMs automatically select the best performing network in the area, cross-border, while providing you with the freedom to change SIM profiles and services with ease.

In a nutshell, Telecom26 enables data connectivity, anywhere - so that your team can connect to the best available network, regardless of location.

Telecom26 SIMs are compatible with 1100 cellular networks from over 620 mobile operators in more than 220 countries.

Telecom26 chosen to improve connectivity for healthcare workers in Africa using the systems of US Remote Medical Diagnostics Company

Telecom26 has been working with a large US medical diagnostics company to replace the local SIM cards used in the devices of healthcare professionals in Africa. Cross-border connectivity is of particular importance to the team who had been frequently frustrated at not being able to use the faster and more reliable networks of MNOs in countries just a few miles away.

As well as automatically connecting to the best-performing network in the area, Telecom26’s global SIM cards have a raft of other benefits including simplified management, single billing and the ability to pool data allowances (rather than having multiple accounts in different countries).

Thanks to Telecom26, the medical experts on the ground are now able to concentrate on what they do best: testing, sharing information for analysis elsewhere, receiving diagnosis in a timely fashion and treatment to slow down - and ultimately prevent -  the spread of COVID-19, Ebola, HIV and TB.

Telecom 26 - Innovation First

We know that innovation is critical to the evolution of our industry. We want to see new ideas that extend the boundaries of mobile services and applications take off and flourish.

As a truly global mobile operator, we have a unique worldwide environment, in which new ideas are tested and evaluated, before being launched.

We offer a full range of connectivity options including 5G, LTE, WiFi, NB-IoT, RFID, private networks, 2G, 3G and 4G, as well as offshore connectivity capabilities.

So please Get in touch to find out how Telecom26 can help improve connectivity for your team, wherever they are in the world.

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