Sunday, 11 December 2016

Friday Review: 20 years young

By Nick Wood, Total Telecom
Friday 07 December 12

On the 20th anniversary of the first SMS, opinion is divided over whether the technology is over the hill or still has a lot to offer.

The humble text message turned 20 this week, prompting a flurry of comment from some observers adamant that SMS is steadily going the way of the Dodo, and others who insisted the old bird isn't heading for extinction any time soon. In the U.K. - where the first ever text message was sent in 1992 – telco regulator Ofcom noted that SMS volumes declined slightly during the first and second quarters of 2012, falling from a peak of 39.7 billion in Q4 2011 to 38.5 billion by the end of June this year. It doesn't mean people are communicating less; in fact, the opposite is true: Ofcom attributed the decline to the wider availability and growing uptake of alternative over-the-top (OTT) text-messaging services, instant messaging, and social networking…

The humble text message turned 20 this week, prompting a flurry of comment from some observers adamant that SMS is steadily going the way of the Dodo, and others who insisted the old bird isn't heading for extinction any time soon. In the U.K. - where the first ever text message was sent in 1992 – telco regulator Ofcom noted that SMS volumes declined slightly during the first and second quarters of 2012, falling from a peak of 39.7 billion in Q4 2011 to 38.5 billion by the end of June this year. It doesn't mean people are communicating less; in fact, the opposite is true: Ofcom attributed the decline to the wider availability and growing uptake of alternative over-the-top (OTT) text-messaging services, instant messaging, and social networking…

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