DIGITAL HEALTHCARE IN AFRICA

Telemedicine, synonym with quality of life in Africa

Telemedicine has become a vital tool for all those people who live in rural and remote areas, where the health resources are scarce or they or hundreds of kilometers away. So, if patients cannot visit health centers regularly, now the professionals will be able to connect via Internet with them.

And Eurona, committed to its policy of universalizing the Internet and boosting progress and development in Africa – a continent where it is already present, bringing the connection to schools in Morocco and Benin- is aware of this and has become a pioneer company in bringing medical services remotely by satellite technology in the region of la Oriental in Morocco.

To make this possible, Eurona has launched a technological platform that interconnects all the parties involved, from the hospital to the mobile unit that runs through the territory, passing through the cadre of medical professionals who, thanks to the information technologies applied to the field of health, they can already maintain a direct and visual communication path for the diagnosis of patients, determining the appropriate treatment or acting quickly in case of emergency.

In this way, the habitants of these areas can now be attended by medical specialists in such vital disciplines as cardiology, pneumology, ophthalmology, otorhinolaryngology or dermatology or echography service.

For the medical professionals who are at the forefront of these consultations “this project, which for sure will be extended to other regions and other countries of the continent, is an immediate benefit for the population. As it directly contributes to improving their quality of life and is also a way to universalize medicine”.

DIGITAL EDUCATION IN AFRICA

Eurona, a key to progress in Africa

The Moroccan Government is aware of the significance of being able to access the Internet at school and, therefore, has decided to approach the circumstance in an innovative way. By making use of Eurona's satellite broadband, more than half a million kids and teachers have access to digital education in Morocco. An approach that Benin - a country of 10.5 million inhabitants - has decided to take as well, as plenty of schools can already access the Internet too.

Nevertheless, Eurona has faced its largest public project and committed to the region's development by connecting schools to the Internet. The Internet is like an open book: a tool to train and to inform the general public and, ultimately, to improve education's quality, which is key to progress and development in countries in North Africa. Under these conditions, Eurona has connected almost 5,000 Moroccan schools in rural areas by satellite, and 300 in Benin. Additionally, the company has recently opened a new office in Senegal, aiming to improve the quality of life of a country with a population of over 15,5 million people.

Furthermore, to shorten the social gap within connected and non-connected citizens in a world where connectivity is a vital tool for education and economic development, Eurona - which is the only company with a VSAT license in Morocco - offers satellite communication global solutions to homes, businesses, security departments and public administrations - with a remarkable focus on rural areas or facing communication infrastructure shortage.

Attending class on the first day of school after establishing the Internet connection feels very special. "Now we will learn how to use the computer and look for all the information we want. We will even be capable of learning English and watching online movies," said the excited and grateful students.

CONNECTIVITY IN THE SMALL TOWNS

Eurona connnects smalltowns and provides them with a real life and business alternative

Around 10% of the Spanish population has poor to no Internet connection, especially in rural and depopulated areas. Although this situation may seem unheard of in the 21st century it is the reality of thousands of Spaniards, who cannot casually video call their family, watch online movies or engage on social media.

The problem does not only affect private users. These ‘disconnected small towns' are also home to self-employed workers and businesses that cannot buy or sell their products online in a time when e-commerce is gaining popularity; whose bureaucratic processes get more complicated and which cannot even consider teleworking as they do not have access to the Internet.

However, Eurona’s satellite technology has arrived to change the situation. A high-speed Internet connection will ensure that these communities are no longer forgotten by big telecommunication companies. Its global nature and capacity to provide service everywhere, no matter how remote, guarantees every citizen's right to Internet access. It can also boost these areas' local economies, which are struggling with the consequences of depopulation.

Goyi lives in a small town in the province of Toledo that has Internet access through satellite broadband. She now combines her work as a teacher with book editing services to different publishing houses. "Not that long ago, I could not even consider working from home editing books, and it is what I do now. Today, Internet access is a need, not a convenience.", she said.

Eurona also provides service at Florin's smalltown, in La Mancha. Florin, who is the manager of a scrapyard, stated: "There is no business without Internet access. Trading, transport management, surveillance, even the in-and-out car register; everything is now connected to the internet.”

ON-BOARD INTERNET

Eurona, a new way of navigating the sea

Eurona has consolidated its position as a benchmark satellite operator understanding that the internet revolution on transportation is unstoppable. The company provides a broadband connection to all types of vessels, letting passengers and the crew Whatsapp, Skype their families or friends, watch their children or grandchildren on video and even vote in a world where there are no 'time outs' and the user is connected 24/7. Eurona enables anyone to continue with their daily life at sea, no matter how far from land.

The telecommunications company connects life at sea with the Internet thanks to satellite technology, which is the only one capable of offering a direct and feasible connection anywhere, even in constant movement: in passenger ferries, merchant vessels, fishing boats, yachts, or maritime rescue vessels – like the Mediterranean rescue boats.

In fact, Eurona provides voice and data services via satellite for two of the largest shipping lines in Europe: Balearia and Naviera Armas. The company also provides targeted solutions to fishing vessels and yachts that sail the Mediterranean, as the 'My Maybe', the largest yacht built in Spain.

By providing this service, Eurona helps democratize the access to the internet within the maritime and fishing sector. Even when all yachts and oil tankers have access to VSAT technology, only from 10% to 20% of the Spanish fishing vessels have a full Internet connection that could help boost the maritime management of the vessel and guarantee the crew's communication with their families and the life they left on the mainland, according to own data.

María Salgado, who is a frequent passenger on one of the ferries connected to the Internet through Eurona in the Mediterranean sea - states that she could not go back to not texting or not checking her mail while on board: "Communications have changed, and I can not think of not working or not checking my mail while travelling anymore. It is a part of my everyday life."

CONNECTION FOR TOURISTS

Eurona, uniting lives and bringing families together

Spain is the second touristic world power when it comes to tourist arrivals. An estimated million long stay tourists come to our country yearly - around 70% choose to visit the islands, Andalusia or the East Coast - with the singularity that a significant amount of visitors decide to establish their second home in Spain after retirement.

Eurona is aware that telecommunications are essential for visitors to feel at home, and that is why the company is the benchmark operator for visitors. Thanks to a high-quality internet connection or through phone calls to their relatives abroad at a competitive price, long stay tourists can see their grandchildren grow through video calls, contact any family member any day at any time, engage on social media or even watch their home country's national TV, no matter how far.

Eurona gives thousands of people the fundamental 'passport' to living abroad without giving up on staying in constant contact with their families, friends and own culture.

This is the way our clients experience it. Connor Wells, who is a retired USA citizen living in Malaga, says that it would be unthinkable for him to live in Spain if it were not for the ongoing contact with his family: "I can live in Spain with my wife because we establish daily communication with our children. Besides, we can even watch our favorite show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, from Malaga."

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