Taiwan Mobile: Don't panic, it’s just a test

Taiwan Mobile will send an emergency alert message in Chinese and English to its users across Taiwan at 4 p.m. on Jan. 9

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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan Mobile, a major telecom carrier in Taiwan, will send an emergency alert message in Chinese and English to its users across Taiwan at 4 p.m. on Jan. 9, as a disaster prevention test, and the company urged its users not to panic if they receive such a message, according to a news release posted on Taiwan Mobile's website on Tuesday.

Taiwan Mobile said that this year the company will irregularly send emergency alert messages through its 4G system to its users either all over Taiwan or in a selected region for testing purposes.

The reason why these tests have to be conducted is because the company is testing whether it can successfully send emergency alert messages to its users to warn them when disaster prevention authorities detect impending disasters, according to the news release.

The test scheduled for Wednesday afternoon is Taiwan Mobile's nation-wide simulation test on the company’s 4G public alerting system, and when users receive the message, their cell phones will make special warning sounds and vibrate at the same time, the company said, adding that users should ignore the warning to avoid starting an unnecessary panic.