Wednesday August 8, 2007
11.7 billion SMSes sent in first three months
MALAYSIANS love to use the short messaging service (SMS).
They sent 11.7 billion SMSes in the first three months of this year compared with only 7.4 billion over the same period last year (a 43% increase), said Sin Chew Daily.
Quoting a Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) report, the daily said the 11.7 billion SMSes was half the total of SMSes sent for the whole of last year.
Based on a total of 20.8 million handphone users in the country, the report said a user would have sent an average of 563 SMSes in the three months (201 over the same period last year).
Malaysia was second in terms of handphone users among Asean countries with 74.1% of the population having such phones.
Singapore is at the top with an average of 101.4% owning phones. This means that a person owned more than one handphone in Singapore.
A Hong Kong-based ear, nose and throat specialist said he believed this was due to many young people being fond of listening to MP3 music.