For the second consecutive year, telecoms operators BASE, Mobistar and Proximus are expecting a slight decrease in the number of SMS sent on New Year’s Eve/Day, they said on Tuesday. The number of messages posted on social networks via mobile internet is likely, however, to be on the rise. The three companies have also increased temporarily the capacity of their networks for the transition to 2015. Proximus, which recorded 27.2 million SMS on its network over the course of New Year’s Eve 2014, has also increased the capacity of its antenna sites in cities expecting to see an influx of people, in particular in Brussels and Antwerp. The company’s four SMS centres can handle up to 6,000 SMS per second.
Mobistar, which recorded sending 23 million messages on 2014’s New Year, will again be prioritising text message traffic. Specialized teams will be on standby, ready to respond if required on New Year’s Eve.
Base (13 million SMS) has also increased its message processing capacity, and will be able to deal with up to 3,000 per second.