Portugal has been sending text messages for 27 years, peaked in 2012 with 27 million sent – (*27*) – RTP Madeira

The world’s first SMS (Short Message Service) was sent 30 years in the past on December 3, 1992 by British Neil Papworth, a telecommunications engineer of Sema Group Telecoms in the United Kingdom.

The message wishing “Merry Christmas” was sent from Neil Papworth’s pc to Richard Jarvis’ Orbitel 901 cell phone from Vodafone.

This historic second reached new heights in December 2021 when the primary 15-character SMS was auctioned for €107,000 as an NFT (‘Non Fungible Tokens’ or ‘Non Fungible Token’).

In Portugal, the messaging service was launched in October 1995, when TMN (now MEO) and Telecel (now Vodafone) entered the cellular operator market, in keeping with knowledge sent to the Lusa company by the Autoridade Nacional de Comunicações (ANACOM).

Telecel first rolled out the characteristic in October 1995 for contract providers, which weren’t pay as you go and made up a small portion of the client base, former SMS product supervisor and Vodafone “messaging” Lusa Nuno Taveira informed us.

The growth of SMS turned considered one of its turning factors in February 2000, when the three current operators (now NOS after Optimus appeared in 1998) signed an settlement to permit customers to speak between completely different networks, referring to is the regulator.

The first knowledge offered by ANACOM occurs to be for the 12 months 2000, when the whole variety of SMSs reached 550 million, or roughly 7 SMSes per thirty days per energetic person.

SMS site visitors peaked in 2012, when every energetic person sent 180 SMS messages per thirty days, totaling 27,860,126 SMS messages.

Still in keeping with ANACOM knowledge, this quantity has been declining. In 2021, every energetic person sends 68 text messages per thirty days (-62% in comparison with 2012), for a complete of 10,729,392 text messages.

Another turning level for SMS in Portugal was the introduction of pay as you go providers, which democratized cellular providers, Teresa Salema, president of Fundação Portugalsa das Comunicações, informed Lusa.

“We need to do not forget that cellular networks first grew in the upper segments. We didn’t have lots of mass adoption till 1995 with the introduction of pay as you go providers, and that’s when texting additionally got here in with extra depth, reaching Absolute file”, he stated, pointing to “the well-known MIMO, developed on the time by Portugal Telecom’s laboratories in Aveiro”.

There are at present extra fashionable alternate options to sending messages, “on the spot messaging”, for instance by way of Whatsapp or Messenger functions, accessible for “smartphones” and mixing text with the chance to ship photos, sounds, paperwork or the favored GIF .

For 30 years, SMS utilization has peaked and is now in decline. But its use in promoting and advertising, in safety, as an authentication issue, or to create particular spellings, reminiscent of utilizing a “okay” for “that,” are legacies that survive right this moment.

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