Not all LTE-capable phones in Canada are currently able to receive emergency wireless alerts

While most cellphones purchased in recent years will be LTE-capable, when and where you purchased your phone may determine whether it is able to receive emergency wireless alerts. When Wireless Public Alerting (WPA) went live in Canada on April 6, 2018, the CRTC had mandated that at least half of devices offered by Canadian wireless […]

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What is an LTE capable phone?

An LTE capable phone has the hardware and operating system software required to connect to a Long Term Evolution (LTE) cellular network. LTE is a “4th Generation” (4G) wireless communications standard designed to provide up to 10 times the speeds of “3rd Generation” (3G) networks for mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets, netbooks, notebooks and […]

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Wireless emergency alerts one year later, are Canadians safer?

Wireless public alerting has been with us for one year already! Since April 2018, the CRTC has required that all wireless service providers in Canada distribute emergency alerts sent from Canada’s national public alerting system, Alert Ready, to all their subscribers. These alerts are generated by emergency officials across Canada to warn the public of […]

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The when, where and what of Wireless Public Alerting in Canada

The Alert Ready Wireless tests in May 2018 received a lot of attention, and previous blog posts discussed “What” these tests are and “Why” they are run. Another common question about these tests is “When” do they take place? The Canadian National Public Alerting System, also known as NPAS or Alert Ready, includes the participation […]

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The 5 W’s of Wireless Public Alerts

We’ve all used notifications on our phones for text messages and email. We want to be notified when someone is reaching out to us, and have configured our phones to notify us in the way we want (ringer, vibration, home screen, etc.). There is another category of notifications for when the authorities want to reach […]

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