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Department of Telecommunications announces Cell Broadcast Alert System testing to enhance emergency communication during disasters

Posted On: 14 OCT 2023 6:50PM by PIB Chennai

Department of Telecommunications is pleased to announce that in collaboration with National Disaster Management Authority, it will be conducting a Cell Broadcast Alert System testing to enhance emergency communication during disasters and ensure the safety and well-being of our valued citizens.

​In our continuous commitment to the safety of citizens of India and the communities, tests of Cell Broadcast Alert System are being conducted on each Telecom Service Provider. These tests will be performed from time to time in various regions across Country to gauge the efficiency and effectiveness of emergency alert broadcasting capabilities of the Systems in place, of various Mobile Operators and Cell Broadcast System.

The Cell Broadcast Alert System is a state-of-the-art technology that allows us to send critical and time-sensitive messages for disaster management to all mobile devices within a designated geographical area, irrespective of whether the recipients are residents or visitors. This ensures that important emergency information reaches as many people as possible in a timely manner. It is used by government agencies and emergency services to inform the public about potential threats and keep them informed during critical situations. Cell Broadcast is commonly used to deliver emergency alerts, such as severe weather warnings (e.g., Tsunami, Flash Flood, Earthquake etc.,) public safety messages, evacuation notices, and other critical information.

During the testing period, people may receive simulated emergency alerts on their mobile devices. We assure that these alerts are part of the planned testing process and do not indicate an actual emergency. Each test alert will be clearly indicated that it is a Test Message to avoid confusion.

On 20thOctober, 2023, the tests would be conducted in the State of Tamilnadu & Union Territory of Puducherry (Puducherry& Karaikal districts) falling under Tamilnadu Licensed Service Area. Depending upon the system’s readiness, there may be changes in Test Schedule at the last moment without further information please.

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