FCC Releases Report on August Nationwide WEA Test
Friday, December 31, 2021 | Comments

The FCC released reports on the nationwide Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) and Emergency Alert System (EAS) tests it performed in August 2021.

The FCC said that the large majority of participants involved in the tests reported that they successfully received and retransmitted the nationwide test messages.

For the EAS, the FCC said that the test message reached 89.3% of the EAS participants, an increase from 82.5% in the 2019 test. The 2019 test and this year’s test both evaluated the broadcast-based architecture. The overall retransmission success rate was 87.1%, which is an increase from 79.8% reported in 2019.

In the 2021 EAS test, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the FCC’s State Emergency Communications Committee (SECC) representatives reported that seven primary entry point stations experienced technical complications, down from 12 primary entry point stations that experienced similar complications in 2019. Test participants reported roughly half as many complications with receipt and retransmission as compared to 2019.

On the WEA side, the WEA test was successfully delivered to 90% of WEA-capable mobile devices. The test was successfully received on 33% of remaining 3G devices, 91.6% of 4G devices and 90.7% of 5G devices.

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