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    Vodafone helps Erasmus MC with extra coverage

    8 april 2020

    In response to the coronavirus, the Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam is expanding its intensive care unit. An existing wing of the hospital is being vacated and set up as an ICU. In this wing , however, a need was identified for additional mobile coverage. A team from Vodafone Business solved the problem in no time.

    Erwin van den Heuvel, ICT Services Manager at Erasmus MC: “In times like this especially, being able to work remotely and being reachable by phone are extremely important. This istrue for our employees, but also, of course, for our patients and their families. Itis great that Vodafone could so quickly find a solution to meet our needs.“

    Pieter Brandhorst, Healthcare Account Manager, adds: “The Healthcare sector plays an important role in society. Not just now, during this pandemic, but every day. Good networks are therefore of great importance. Our technology and products are important parts of the whole. We are proud that we, together with our partners, can assist people in the healthcare sector in their important work for the Netherlands”.

    The large influx of corona patients is placing high demands on medical care. Emergency facilities are being built in many places in order to have sufficient capacity in the hospital ICUs. “Mobile operators also have a duty to respond quickly to this,” says Rick D'Achille, Indoor Networks specialist at Vodafone. "That is why we are already proactively looking at other locations, too. Because being able to adapt quickly together is more important than ever.”

    “It was extremely important to respond to the requirement promptly and efficiently in such an urgent crisis” said Arno de Kok, Network Solutions at NEC Deutschland. Our system can be easily installed and deployed quickly because of its plug-and-play feature. By collaborating with Vodafone and our partner, we were able to build the network very promptly, in the matter of days, rather than weeks.”