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Optus expects a record number of calls, texts on NYE

By Staff writers | 12:03 pm 30/12/2011

Planning to call someone to say “Happy New Year” when midnight strikes? You’re not the only one.

Optus has sent out some predictions on what it thinks will happen, telling us that customers will send 76 million messages over SMS, make over 51 million mobile calls, 44 million calls from a home phone, and spend over 3.9 million minutes talking to their friends as they bring in the new year.

The SMS messages have actually increased in number, up 10 million from last year.

“New Year’s Eve is traditionally a period where many of our customers are contacting loved ones overseas,” said Clare Gill, General Manager for Government and Corporate Affairs at Optus. “This year we predict India, Vietnam and the United Kingdom will be the three most popular destinations for calls this year.”

Obviously, that’s a lot of people making phone calls at once, so the company has boosted capacity in areas such as Philip Island, Port Douglas, Port Stephens, Cairns, and Surfers Paradise.

Here’s hoping those towers can keep up with the demand.

 

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