Belgium sends 78,3 million SMS on New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve has broken its own record again.  During the night of 31 December 2008 to 1 January 2009, a total of 78,3 million SMS messages were sent out in Belgium.  That’s a staggering 19 million more than one year earlier.  Most of these were sent between 23.45 and 00.45.

Proximus clients sent 36 million text messages (including 10 million delivery confirmations), which is 27% more than last year (28,3 million).
23,6 million messages were for the account of Mobistar subscribers, which is an increase of 30,4% compared to 2007-2008 (18,1 million).
And Base treated 18,7 million SMS, which is an increase of no less than 44% compared to last year (12,9 million).

To handle the massive SMS communication, the mobile operators had taken several precautions. Proximus had activated a 5th SMS central, which allowed to treat in total 96.000 messages per minute.  Mobistar increased their SMS server capacity to 124.000 messages per minute.  No real problems were detected.

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