The National Communications Commission (NCC), in line with the open mountain policy, urges telecommunications companies to continue to improve the quality and capabilities of mobile communications in mountainous areas, and urges mountaineers to not only bring smartphones, but also consider taking communications equipment such as personal locator beacons (PLB) or satellite phones to ensure their safety.
The NCC would like to remind the public that should they encounter an emergency, they can dial the emergency number 112 on their cell phones within the coverage area of any operator's mobile base station, and after dialing, press 0 for 110 (report a crime) and 9 for 119 (rescue) according to the voice message; however, if they are in an area with poor reception from the base station, it would probably be more effective to rely on satellite signals.
There are now a range of satellite communications equipment products provided by domestic telecommunications companies, such as PLBs or satellite phones. A PLB can continue to transmit SOS signals to satellites that can facilitate search and rescue personnel to quickly individuals in distress; satellite phones can also make emergency calls in addition to the function of transmitting their location. The NCC added that the public is advised to have the above-mentioned equipment in order to ensure their own safety when engaging in mountaineering activities. In addition, NCC expects to introduce a new round of satellite communications frequency applications this year, and expects more operators to provide a variety of services, including emergency communications, to protect the lives and property of the public.
The NCC urges mountaineers to be well prepared for the harsh mountain terrain and changing climatic conditions, and to travel in groups when engaging in mountain climbing activities.