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Alaska Communications and ASHNHA Sign a New Deal

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November 03, 2010

Alaska Communications and ASHNHA Sign a New Deal

By Vinti Vaid, TMCnet Contributor

A new three-year agreement was signed between Alaska Communications (News - Alert) and Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association on Oct. 28.

With this deal, Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association (ASHNHA) will be using the network and videoconferencing services of Alaska Communications for the Rural Telehealth Network (ARTN).

The deal enables the Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association to extend its services to small, rural and remote hospitals.

ASHNHA is renowned for providing specialty physicians and healthcare through telemedicine services. It has six member hospitals and clinics serving over 50 percent of Alaska's rural and remote residents. The new contract helps ASHNHA to link the six member hospitals and provide the telemedicine services efficiently.

As per the agreement, Alaska Communications a provider of broadband and other wire line and wireless solutions provides transport for imaging and tele-radiology, videoconferencing service, internet and voice over internet services to ARTN’s members of ASHNHA. Covered under this deal is the help for ARTN’s workers in the rural clinics to pursue their ongoing distance education. The extended 3G coverage in Homer and on North Slope is making it possible to extend its coverage area and offer nationwide plans in-par with the competitors.

Earlier this year, an attempt has been made to connect the Alaskans to its business with new logo and new Brand Name- Alaska Communications. The new logo symbolizes leadership, discovery and mobility of its services.

With about 72 percent POP coverage and EVDO Rev A, Alaska Communications is the leader in 3G network services in the state of Alaska. The two data hosting centers in Alaska and Oregon provide the data services to the customers. Its venerable practice of continuous process improvement has helped it to offer optimal customer satisfaction.

Last month, Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association (ASHNHA) selected Alaska Communications to provide the Alaska Rural Telehealth Network (ARTN).

Vinti Vaid is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Vinti's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Erin Monda

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