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Monday, October 02, 2006

Networks couldn't cope in civil disaster

CD Networks couldn't cope in civil disaster

"Civil Defence Minister Rick Barker says people can't rely on text messaging to warn them of an impending tsunami as Vodafone and Telecom's networks would soon clog up.

Speaking at a conference in Auckland last month, Mr Barker said it would take several hours to send civil defence warnings to all cellphones using available technology.

"The use of cell broadcasting technology does allow text messages to be sent simultaneously to all mobile phones in a predetermined geographical area, without having to queue messages." But New Zealand telcos do not have the equipment to do this. "

[It is interesting to note that during the Katrina emergency TXT messages did seem to keep getting through despite a damaged and overloaded system]

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