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Canadian carriers ready for t-911 but emergency centres aren't

technologyEdward KiledjianComment
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The Canadian wireless Telecommunications Association has been spearheading a 911 initiative to allow those with hearing or speech impairments to text 911 emergency response services. The trial, started in 2012, was such a success that CWTA members (all major carriers and their sub-brands) have been busy upgrading their networks to support the service nationwide.

On January 24 2014, the CWTA announced that its member carriers have completed the required upgrades but that the 911 control centres themselves haven't implemented the required technologies. 

β€œAt this time, the T9-1-1 service is not available in any region of the country. The service will be implemented by 9-1-1 call centres in different municipalities or regions at different time periods over the next several years.”

Once the regional 911 control centres upgrade their equipment, carriers will be ready to act  act as an intermediary link between the affected user and the 911 emergency control centre. To use the service, a user will have to register with their carrier for it and have a compatible device.