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Smart Deploys Cell Broadcast Technology for Disaster Alerts, Complies with RA 10639

Manila, Philippines (February 6, 2017) – Smart Communications has deployed and successfully tested cell broadcast technology in key areas of the Philippines, including the National Capital Region (NCR) to be able to send disaster alerts to its subscribers. This is in compliance with Republic Act (RA) 10639 or “The Free Mobile Disaster Alerts Act,” which mandates telecommunications service providers to send free mobile alerts in times of calamities.

Presentation of Smart’s new cell broadcast service for disaster alerts. From left to right: Deputy Commissioner Edgardo V. Cabarios, Deputy Commissioner Delilah F. Deles, Commissioner Gamaliel A. Cordoba, Ramon R. Isberto, head of Smart Public Affairs; Atty. Joel Peneyra of PLDT Regulatory Group, and NTC Regulation Chief Engr. Imelda R. Walcien. Courtesy of Smart Communications.

Cell broadcast technology is using a dedicated channel separate from text messaging (SMS) services, ensuring sustained broadcast alerts even when the network receives heavy traffic from all the calls and messages made during disasters.

“This makes it a viable platform solution for a mobile-based alert system,” said Ramon R. Isberto, Head of Public Affairs at PLDT and Smart. “We encourage everyone to configure their mobile devices so that they can receive emergency alerts in the future,” Isberto added.

Configuring Android and iOS Devices

Smart invested around Php 500 million in this messaging platform to comply with the law and to enable the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) and Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) to quickly send alert messages to mobile phone users in specific areas facing natural calamities or other emergencies. [techthetruth]



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