Large increase in the number of text messages sent

17/12/2008

The number of text messages sent from mobile telephones increased this year. Approximately 3.5 billion text messages were sent in Sweden during the first six months of the year. During the same period last year, 2.0 billion text messages were sent, according to PTS's statistics report, 'The Swedish Telecommunications Market - first half year 2008'.

During the first six months of the year, an average consumer sent approximately 60 text messages per month. This can be compared with 34 text messages per month during the same period of the previous year.

"The reason why more text messages are being sent may be that it has become more common for operators to include a certain number of free text messages with their subscription offers. The price of text messages has also fallen in recent months, which of course has also had an impact on the willingness of consumers to send text messages," said Stefan Williamson, Manager of the Market Analysis Section at PTS.

There has also been an increase in the use of mobile broadband. The number of subscriptions and active pre-paid cards for mobile broadband increased from approximately 184 000 during the first six months of last year to 604 000 in the first six months of this year. On the other hand, growth in wired broadband levelled off during the period in question.

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For more information please contact Stefan Williamson, head of Market Analysis, tel. 0708-114 053 or PTS's Press Office, tel. 08-678 55 55.

The Swedish Post and Telecom Agency (PTS) monitors the electronic communications and postal sectors in Sweden. The term ‘electronic communications’ includes telephony, the Internet and radio. The Agency works with consumer and competition issues, efficient utilisation of resources and secure communications. Read more at www.pts.se.