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Japan Quake Hits Mobile Access

9:20 AM -- Mobile service disruption has been reported by all three of Japan's main mobile operators following the devastating earthquake that hit north-east Japan Friday, reports Business Week.

Securing a mobile connection has been difficult in some of the worst affected areas not only because of damage to network infrastructure caused by the earthquake and resulting tsunami, but also because of network saturation as millions of people attempt to contact family and friends.

As a result, people were lining up at public fixed-line phone booths in some areas, reports AP. — Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading

digits 12/5/2012 | 5:10:38 PM
re: Japan Quake Hits Mobile Access

KDDI has set up a Disaster Message Board for its subscribers -- see


http://dengon.ezweb.ne.jp/E/service.do

digits 12/5/2012 | 5:10:38 PM
re: Japan Quake Hits Mobile Access

Mobile networks have been affected but data networks are functioning, so people are able to utilize social networking sites to get mesages out and try and contact people.


Google has also launched a 'people finder' app and an online crisis center - see


http://www.torontosun.com/news/world/2011/03/11/17578531.html

digits 12/5/2012 | 5:10:37 PM
re: Japan Quake Hits Mobile Access

Softbandk Mobile also has its diaster message service up and running


 


http://mb.softbank.jp/scripts/english/disaster_message/index.jsp

digits 12/5/2012 | 5:10:37 PM
re: Japan Quake Hits Mobile Access

NTT DoCoMo aso has a link to its disaster message board at its home page


http://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/


The message board is here


http://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/info/notice/page/110311_01_m.html?ref=gp_top

Jeff Baumgartner 12/5/2012 | 5:10:37 PM
re: Japan Quake Hits Mobile Access

According to B&C, The FCC is getting involved by reaching out to Japanese regulatory officials to offer any assistance it can.  The story adds that the FCC took a proactive role during the Haiti earthquake, offering, among other things, technical assitance on emergency communications.  But where the FCC might be able to help out with the situation in Japan is yet to be determined. JB





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