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Thursday, 14 May 2020 13:40

SMS business mobile messaging traffic forecast to reach 3.5 trillion Featured

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Global SMS business messaging traffic will reach 3.5 trillion messages in 2020, rising from 3.2 trillion in 2019 - representing a growth of 7%, despite the economic impacts of COVID-19, according to a new research report.

Despite the collapse of the tourism and aviation industries, the research - Mobile Messaging: Operator Strategies & Vendor Opportunities 2020-2024 - predicts that the pandemic will directly generate increased demand in sectors including healthcare and government agencies, during 2020.

In its report Juniper Research predicts that business messaging traffic attributable to healthcare services will grow 10% this year, as healthcare providers leverage the low cost and wide reach of SMS for notifications amid the COVID-19 crisis.

The travel sector uses business messaging for the delivery of booking confirmations and travel service updates, however Juniper Research says that the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly reduced this source of demand for business messaging services.

In addition, the research predicts that the anticipated economic recession arising from COVID-19 will cause “long-term decreased demand from the travel sector, “rather than this being a temporary disruption”.

“As such, messaging vendors must broaden the breadth of their subscriber base in order to mitigate the impact of the worst affected sectors,” says Juniper Research.

The research anticipates that the ubiquitous nature of SMS amongst citizens and its low cost per message “will continue to generate demand in these uncertain times”.

However, as the pandemic slows, Juniper Research urges mobile messaging service providers “to invest in industries that are highly resilient to the impact of COVID-19 in order to continue growth”.

The research also highlights banking and online retail sectors as industries that are expected to remain robust against the long-term effects of COVID-19, with these sectors anticipated to account for over 25% of all business messaging traffic in 2020.


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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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