Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.
NTT DoCoMo to prioritise SMS in event of disasters
Posted on 8-Apr-2004 20:17. | Tags Filed under: News.

NTT DoCoMo announced today that it can separately manage voice calls and data packet transmissions for some handsets to avoid excessive network congestion during major natural disasters.

The move is expected to increase the ability to successfully transmit text messages to DoCoMo's i-mode Disaster Message Board service, even if network traffic should rise sharply during a major disaster.

Presently, if network traffic were to become exceedingly heavy during a disaster, DoCoMo could be forced to block traffic in selected areas on a temporary basis to prevent serious degradation of network performance. In some instances, urgent messages sent to the Disaster Message Board could be blocked inadvertently.

By separating management of voice calls and data packet transmissions, DoCoMo expects that text messages will have an increased chance for successful transmission during a disaster, when the traffic of voice calls would likely rise and that of data packet transmissions would be relatively low.

The i-mode Disaster Message Board service, launched on 17 January 2004, enables i-mode subscribers in Japan to post text messages on a special i-mode site, rather than making voice calls, to help avoid network congestion. DoCoMo will enable users to try out the service (Japanese only) from 20 April 10am to 26 April 5pm.

In a separate measure, DoCoMo users making calls during major disasters will hear an announcement encouraging them to use the i-mode Disaster Message Board service or NTT's disaster message service (dial 171) instead of calling individuals directly, which will also help to reduce network traffic.

More information:

comments powered by Disqus

Trending now »

Hot discussions in our forums right now:

Gigabit cable now available
Created by sub, last reply by Pumpedd on 27-Oct-2016 22:46 (177 replies)
Pages... 10 11 12

RNZAF Boeing 757 breaks down when carrying PM. RNZAF must have an atrocious dispatch reliability figure.
Created by amiga500, last reply by Jase2985 on 27-Oct-2016 20:31 (88 replies)
Pages... 4 5 6

WiFi and 3G/4G controlled Wall Switches
Created by maxeon, last reply by wbx0838 on 26-Oct-2016 17:46 (21 replies)
Pages... 2

Is it me, or have Trade Me prices increased?!
Created by Geektastic, last reply by mattwnz on 27-Oct-2016 14:58 (32 replies)
Pages... 2 3

Working for Spark - Customer support / Contact Centre
Created by goodfox, last reply by quickymart on 27-Oct-2016 21:40 (28 replies)
Pages... 2

Sugar In Food
Created by Geektastic, last reply by dipkiwi on 27-Oct-2016 16:17 (29 replies)
Pages... 2

Galaxy Note 7 Announcement and Owners' Thread
Created by eracode, last reply by JeremyNzl on 26-Oct-2016 19:35 (1201 replies)
Pages... 79 80 81

4G 700MHz network
Created by nztomas, last reply by coffeebaron on 27-Oct-2016 14:43 (11 replies)