Belgian minister wants to analysis of network problems after attacks Brussels

Mar

24

2016

The Belgian Minister of Telecom, Alexander De Croo, asked the Belgian network providers to conduct a thorough analysis of network problems that arose after the attacks in Brussels on Tuesday. Then he wants with the providers to the table.

Belgian newspapers write that De Croo will look together with the industry to draw lessons and or procedures can be strengthened. The minister will also look into the analysis of the impact of the current radiation standards at a faster overloading of networks.

Furthermore, De Croo will look in consultation with the crisis center or social media can be used more intensively in times of crisis. Besides the providers are Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter and Google invited to participate in the consultations.

The current crisis plan telecommunications dates from 2011, when bad weather during the festival Pukkelpop five people killed. According to the plan are people called a major disaster for texting and communicating through mobile data and fixed networks.

After the double suicide bombing hit the mobile network for hours on Tuesday morning in Brussels overloaded , making it virtually impossible to make phone calls. The number information on terrorist threat in 1771 was unattainable short time. The Belgian crisis center called not to call, to relieve the network as much as possible.

Minister De Croo placed a call on Twitter to use Facebook, WhatsApp or Twitter. Telenet presented its Wi-Fi hotspots temporarily open to everyone. Facebook started its Safety Check feature, which allows users to indicate that they are safe. Google made ​​calls to Belgium with his services like Hangouts and added a free card information on the attacks to Google Now.

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