French Set Record with 36 million New Year Mobile Text Messages in 1 Hour

French mobile phone users set a new national record for text messages, as they sent 36 million SMSs for New Year's wishes between midnight and 1:00 am (2300 GMT and 0000 GMT), through transmitters owned by cellular majors SFR and France Telecom subsidiary Orange. (AFP reports).
  • That was 25% more than for the same time the previous year, and a significant load of traffic for a country that counts 62 million inhabitants.
  • In one hour, the network had to handle what it normally handles in a full day, according to an Orange spokesman.
  • This also represented a healthy boost for the cellular operators, which charge an average 11 euro cents (15 US cents) per SMS.

The night also saw an uptick in the number of Multimedia MMSs sent -  -- which can transmit photo or video files between compatible phones -- jumped by nearly a third, with Orange recording 147,000 in the hour following midnight, and SFR 140,000.


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