Sharpen the line of client communication

There really aren’t any limits to what mobile development can do for your business; this month Digitata’s Cell Broadcast Display application went live – a widget that would improve their communications to their customers.

Digitata found that certain Android operating systems behaved differently when receiving Cell Broadcast messages, for example Cell Broadcasts were being received as SMSs leading to fuller inboxes, the devices would beep every time one is received, the message would be displayed as a dialogue box that would need to be manually dismissed, and it would sometimes be too small or overwritten by the screen’s wallpaper making it hard to see.

Digitata needed a way to make these broadcasts consistent and solve these problems, so that their subscribers could continue receiving broadcasts in a more convenient way.

So they teamed up with Realmdigital to build a Cell Broadcast Display app for Android that displays the latest cell broadcast message in an easily read widget without sounding a notification. Their users have welcomed the app; ensuring that their subscribers won’t be disabling Cell Broadcasting messages any time soon!

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Cell Broadcast (3GPP TS 23.041 version 12.6.0 Release 12)

Smart Zone – Airtel Ghana

Get smart; Get into the Airtel SMART ZONE

Airtel Smart Zone is a dynamic discount solution service that offers customers discounted tariffs up to 99% on-net calls depending on the time of the day, site utilization and location. Customers can enjoy unbelievably low call rates all day everyday so long as the customer remains on Airtel Smart Zone.

Get into Airtel Smart Zone today and enjoy the most affordable call rates in Ghana. You can call for as low as 0.5Gp.


Simply subscribe to Airtel Smart Zone by dialling *311#, or sending “sub” to 311.
There are two additional features that make Airtel Smart Zone even more exciting.

  1. Cell broadcasting – where consumers are able to see on the handsets the call cost per time per location. This service works on handset with Cell Broadcast feature only.
  2. Outbound call notification, where consumers can see on their handsets, when making calls how much they are being charged per minute for the call they are about to make

Get smart today and stay close to all your family and friends on Airtel now.



Public warning test alert – Omnitel

NOS – Optimus – ZonOptimus – Sonaecom sem cobertura LTE / 4G na Madorna – Cascais

A cobertura indoor 4G/LTE na Madorna – Cascais é inexistente e a cobertura outdoor é a que se pode verificar na imagem:


Após contactos com a Optimus / NOS / ZonOptimus / Sonaecom indicam que não há previsão de cobertura 4G/LTE para esta zona.

No entanto não deixa de ser estranho existirem 2 sites nesta zona e nenhum dos 2 ter a tecnologia 4G/LTE disponível, um dos sites apenas tem 2G/3G e o outro site apenas tem 3G.

Mais estranho ainda é a Optimus / NOS / ZonOptimus /Sonaecom indicar que cobre 90% da população Portuguesa com 4G/LTE e nesta localidade nem em outdoor ter uma cobertura satisfatória.



BSNL to Launch “BSNL BUZZ” – Livescreen Mobile Cell Broadcast Services (CBS)

India’s National Telcom Backbone Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) will launch Cell Broadcast based services “BSNL BUZZ” for its Mobile Customers. BSNL has signed agreement with M/s Celltick, who is providing mobile marketing services to all major telecom giants in the world with its “LiveScreen” Services.


M/s Celltick will deploy end to end management of providing content, promotions, contest association with BSNL. They will provide services to BSNL Mobile Customers which are customized according to the taste of individual mobile customers.
The services will be available to the new BSNL SIM holders. However for existing BSNL SIM holders, an application will be provided by M/s Celltick which can be sent through OTA platform and downloaded by the customer. As the Apps will reside in customer handset, dependent upon handset operating system, it is presumed that most of smartphone user will be able to use these services.
BSNL has already started earning revenue by marketing and promoting its Cell Broadcast Service in various telecom circles including Kerala, Chennai etc. Presently telecom industry is using Cell Broadcast channel for Advertisement, Marketing and Promotion of various companies or Value Added Services. Cell Broadcast is capable of broadcasting one single message to reach all mobile handsets in an area as small as one radio cell and as big as the entire country. Its’ broadcast is real time and fast.
In short, “BSNL BUZZ” will provide customized contents to millions of BSNL users simultaneously and these Contents will be customized as per user preferences. BSNL will be launching “BSNL BUZZ” services by the the end of 2014.

One2many enables emergency alerts on small cells

Deventer, The Netherlands – one2many, the world’s leading Cell Broadcast company, has today announced it has rounded up a successful ETSI organised Small Cell LTE Plugfest in Paris, where one2many contributed to successful interoperability tests to enable Wireless Emergency Alerts on LTE small cells as an extension of existing Cell Broadcast systems.

Cell Broadcast is worldwide known for its next generation Wireless Emergency Alert service on 2G, 3G and LTE as well as Wi-Fi networks. Over the years the role of CB in public safety has been expanding, making it possible for governments worldwide to make vital public announcements to millions of citizens, within seconds, on a location-aware basis, without violating subscriber privacy or being affected by network congestion. Some of the Public Warning initiatives around the world are: EU-Alert in The Netherlands, ETWS and Wireless Emergency Alerts (CMAS) launched in the United States by the FCC and FEMA

Maarten Mes, CEO of one2many said “Our customers have requested LTE small cells support on our Cell Broadcast systems, and the ETSI plugfest tests prove it works. Which means that we now support emergency alerts on LTE small cells, next to regular CDMA, GSM, 3G, LTE and Wifi networks.”

The 2nd Small Cell LTE Plugfest was held from 23 June to 02 July 2014, organised by the Small Cell Forum, in partnership with European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), and was hosted by the ORANGE Labs in Paris. By connecting its CBC and broadcasting live CMAS messages one2many enabled mobile network equipment vendors to assess their CMAS/Cell Broadcast product interoperability and verify the correct interpretation of 3GPP and other base specifications.

one2many provides Cell Broadcast technology to telecoms operators across the world. Cell Broadcast technology delivers a non-intrusive, real-time service for the distribution of text-based messages to mobile handsets, specific to their current location. Cell Broadcast is capable of broadcasting one single message to reach all mobile handsets in an area as small as one radio cell and as big as an entire country. Sending a message to millions of handsets takes a matter of seconds, making the service ideal for applications such as public warning, location-based services and mobile social media.


“Personal Alert” (Cellular Alert) – Information Sheet for Citizens


國家通訊傳播委員會(NCC)型式認證合格之4G手機均已具備接收公眾告警細胞廣播訊息(Public Warning System,PWS)功能,可分別顯示中文及英文細胞廣播訊息,並於顯示訊息時,一併發出聲響及振動,提醒民眾緊急應變。

NCC說明,日本311地震海嘯及美國Sandy超級颶風天災期間,均已展現手機提供防救災及緊急狀況應變的功效。有鑑於我國手機用戶高普及率,且處於颱風、地震頻繁地區,為降低災害期間的損傷,NCC於本次行動寬頻業務(4G)開放時,賦予得標者應建設細胞廣播控制中心(Cell Broadcast Center,CBC)與提供PWS訊息的義務。PWS不同於一般簡訊(Short Message Service,SMS),係採用細胞廣播技術,以獨立通道發送緊急應變訊息,不受網路壅塞影響,可在幾秒內同時傳送特定區域內數十萬至上百萬個手機。




Orages – Un SMS d’alerte en cas de mauvais temps

Le gouvernement pourra bientôt envoyer un message d’avertissement, notamment aux possesseurs d’un GSM à proximité d’une antenne émettrice, en cas de catastrophe imminente, écrivent mercredi De Standaard et Het Nieuwsblad.Il sera bientôt possible de prévenir la population plus rapidement et de manière plus ciblée lors d’un incident ou d’une catastrophe imminente. Le Centre de Crise du SPF Intérieur élabore un système, baptisé “Be-Alert”, qui enverra un message vocal sur les téléphones fixes des citoyens ou un SMS sur leur téléphone portable. Le projet est à l’essai dans 33 communes. “Il pourra être élargi à l’entièreté du pays au plus tôt en 2015″, ajoute Peter Mertens, porte-parole du Centre de Crise. Dans un premiers temps, seules les personnes préalablement inscrites sur une liste seront informées. Le système sera ensuite rendu plus accessible pour que tous les possesseurs d’un GSM se trouvant à proximité d’une antenne émettrice puissent être identifiés et recevoir un SMS. (Belga)



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