Ofcom: Emergency SMS service should be mandatory
Network operators should be forced to offer a free SMS text service to emergency numbers, according to industry regulator Ofcom.
The scheme would be an extension of the current Emergency SMS service, which has been on trial for the last year.
Ofcom’s recommendation is to make sure that the UK complies with new European regulations due to come into effect on 25 May 2011.
The regulations state that ‘access to the emergency services for disabled people must be as close to that delivered to other consumers as the technology will allow.’
Ofcom says that while the Emergency SMS scheme has limitations, ‘it offers greater equivalence than current alternatives.’
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