Canadian LTE Providers Required to Transmit Emergency Alerts as of April 6
Friday, March 30, 2018 | Comments

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced that as of April 6, all wireless service providers must distribute wireless public emergency alert messages on their Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks.

"Nothing is more important than making sure Canadians are informed in a timely matter about an imminent danger such as a tornado, wildfire or Amber Alert when a child's life is in grave danger,” CRTC CEO and Chairperson Ian Scott said. “Mandatory distribution of public emergency alert messages on mobile devices will help do just that. Along with the wireless industry and our partners in federal, provincial and territorial governments, the CRTC has worked to provide Canadians with the emergency system they need to take appropriate safety measures if need be."

Wireless emergency alerts will inform Canadians about imminent dangers to life and property. The alerts, which can be targeted to a specific area, will be sent to mobile devices connected to LTE networks. This will enhance the emergency alerts that Canadians already receive via their radios and televisions.

Canadians will hear the same alert tone they currently hear from emergency alerts on TV or radio. Alerts on mobile devices will also trigger a unique vibration cadence and will include any information Canadians need for any action they should take.

Wireless service providers will conduct a nationwide public alerting test during Emergency Preparedness Week, which is from May 6 to 12. This will be an opportunity for Canadians to become familiar with how public alert messages will be delivered to their mobile devices, including the tone and vibration cadence that will distinguish them from regular text messages.

Find more information about the alerts here.

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