Canadian Security Assn. Members Using Cellular Backup

MARKHAM, Ontario, Canada

The Canadian Security Association (CANASA) has announced to its members that several wireless communications systems providers have been contacting installing companies and falsely asserting that all Canadian cellular service providers would begin shutting down analogue telephone networks on May 15.

Along with incorrectly stating the networks would be shuttered permanently by June 15, the providers admonished installers to purchase their products before the sunset deadline.

To combat the disinformation, CANASA released the following information to its members:


  • Rogers Wireless, the “A” side carrier, has announced that its analog cellular network is targeted to be shut down May 31. While service may continue in some areas after that date, installers are encouraged to work toward a May 31 sunset.

  • Bell Mobility has advised CANASA that it will be continuingthe Advanced Mobile Phone Services (AMPS) “at least until Feb. 28,2008.”

  • Each of the Cellular Alarm Transmission Product manufacturers have communicated with their customers or will be doing so shortly about the status of their individual products.

CANASA also encouraged its members who have used cellular communications products to commence replacement of devices as soon as possible to ensure continued protection for their customers.

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