Based on the continued rise in mobile messaging, the historic nature of the inaugural, and Obama's ties to heavy users of messaging technology, VeriSign expects the Election Day record of 803 million messages carried on its network that was set on Nov. 4, 2008 to fall handily. VeriSign estimates mobile messaging to increase by approximately 15% on the day that Barack Obama and Vice President-Elect Joe Biden take the oath of office and Obama then addresses the nation for the first time as president.
"Messaging numbers are continuously on the rise, and we expect to see single-day records being shattered as the year progresses," said Michael Campbell, senior vice president, worldwide sales and marketing, VeriSign Messaging and Mobile Media. "On Inauguration Day, we foresee the potential to set another single-day record. Based on our recent New Year's Eve experience managing a single-hour record of over 82 million mobile messages as the clock struck midnight in the Eastern time zone, we are more than capable of handling the increased traffic volume."
VeriSign releases a quarterly Mobile Messaging Index that summarizes total traffic volume by measuring the number of A2P/P2P mobile messages (SMS, MMS) the company handles each day. VeriSign's Q4 2008 and Year End 2008 Mobile Messaging Index is expected in February 2009.
About VeriSign Messaging and Mobile Media
VeriSign Messaging and Mobile Media is a division of VeriSign, the trusted provider of Internet infrastructure services for the networked world. Through this business unit, VeriSign provides global application services that reliably deliver short-messages (SMS), multimedia messages (MMS), and mobile content across wireless operators and mobile devices throughout the world. As a leader in mobile messaging, mobile banking and mobile content delivery, VeriSign offers a broad portfolio of mobile infrastructure and delivery services. Offering reliable delivery, a worldwide presence, and rapid and effective deployment, VeriSign has built a trusted and respected brand with global mobile operators, media content providers and enterprises. The reach, reliability, and value add of VeriSign services enable these companies to capitalize on the rapidly growing messaging and media content markets.
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