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Short Messaging Service (SMS) – History

One way or the other messaging has become an integral part of our communication. Every day millions of users send and receive SMS but most are not aware of the history or lifeline of SMS.

Let’s start, by giving you an idea of prehistoric events of SMS invention. It is not clear, how actually this idea populated. Similarly like other inventions, the feel of the need of text message was discussed in different countries approximately at the same time.

However it is agreed that the father of SMS invention is Matti McConen, was a Finnish engineer in the field of mobile communications. Around 1984 Matti McConen came up with an idea that GSM phone users should be able to send and receive Text Messages.

The first practical breakthrough happened on 3rd December 1992, when Neil Papworth, sent the first text message to Richard Jarvis, a director at Vodafone. This was the first message, actually, it was the first Application to Person (A2P) message as this message was sent from a computer.

Vodafone UK was the first operator to provide this technology to its customers, quickly other operators joined the race. In the beginning, only on-net SMS were available. In 1999 cross-network SMS was available to the public.

Now with the increasing demand and use of the SMS in our day to day life, it has become important to recognise its importance as formal communication. Though SMS is still considered an informal way of communication in most countries but Germany has taken a lead. Since Angela Markel is leading the country, Germany is using SMS as a formal mean of communication and introduced protocols of using SMS.

The next development was Machine to Machine (M2M) messaging. M2M messaging opens unlimited horizons. The scope of M2M messaging was limitless with minimum cost. M2M messaging is currently used almost in all industries and sectors of life e.g. agricultural, transport, finance, health, safety and security, you name it, M2M messaging is everywhere.

The development and progress of this sector is still going on…..

SMS 4 Connect also requested new developments and requirements to the operators and we will continue to participate and help the market and operators to progress further in this field.