Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Canada: wireless operators are having problems providing locations for calls to emergency services

Canadian wireless carriers have started testing technology to pinpoint the physical location of 911 callers, but will face challenges in meeting the February 2010 regulatory deadline, according to Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association president, Bernard Lord.

“It’s going to be a significant challenge to deploy this county-wide for next February,” Lord said yesterday, noting that the effort would cost “millions and millions of dollars.” Individual carriers will have to make their own decisions about whether to pass these costs on to consumers in the form of higher 911 access fees.

Canadian Carriers Struggling to Implement E911 Technology

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