POLICE have issued a shock warning calling into question how they would be able to respond during a mass terror attack.

The Police Federation of Australia, which speaks for officers from every state and territory, says Australia's mobile network would likely melt down during a Manchester or London-style attack, leaving officers in the field unable to properly communicate with their commands.
 

There are fears our mobile network would crash during a major terror attack, making it more difficult for emergency services to respond.
There are fears our mobile network would crash during a major terror attack, making it more difficult for emergency services to respond. Matt Talbot-Weichmann.

The federation's chief executive officer, Mark Burgess, has accused the Federal Government of dragging its heels on dedicated mobile broadband for emergency service workers that would allow them to send and receive lifesaving information during such an event.

Despite the Commonwealth promising technology to help in the fight against terror - including facial recognition systems - Mr Burgess said there was no guarantee emergency service workers could send or receive photos of attackers or live helicopter vision during an unfolding attack without a dedicated network.

He said people already experienced delays in texts and data use during big events like concerts and on New Year's Eve.

"What would happen (during an attack) is you would anticipate everyone would be on the public (mobile) network and it would crash," Mr Burgess told The Courier-Mail.

Read more at The Courier-Mail.

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