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Acision: mobile messaging revenues can double to US$165 billion globally by 2011

Messaging company Acision is outlining a five-step strategy to achieve increased messaging revenue. The company's predictions forecast doubled revenue in thee years time. Acision, the messaging company, has forecast mobile messaging revenues of US$165 billion globally by 2011, 200% higher than previous industry predictions.

Releasing the projection to coincide with the annual Global Messaging gathering in Cannes, the company, which powers half the world's text and multimedia messages, has explained its optimism with a five-step action plan that operators are already embarking upon in pursuit of messaging revenues. Since its inception fifteen years ago, mobile messaging has delivered a 6,000% return on investment but the growth phase is not yet over, with markets such as India, North America and China seeing phenomenal traffic increases.

Even within the more mature markets of Western Europe and South East Asia messaging still has huge growth potential. Acision believes that the following five steps have the capability to double messaging revenues for operators in the next four years: personalising the messaging experience with added functionality relevant to specific consumer and enterprise segments; using partnerships and multi-play strategies to extend mobile messaging to the fixed environment using converged messaging; subsidising mobile Internet revenues through messaging integration with interactive web applications such as Facebook and eBay; mobilising enterprise applications; and leveraging the mobile marketing opportunities offered by the reach of messaging platforms.

Acision CEO Rory Buckley explains Acision's optimism; "SMS has achieved more than anyone imagined it would fifteen years ago, but speculation that messaging has reached its peak ignores much of today's market dynamic. Peer-to-peer communication is showing no sign of stalling or declining, and already in South-East Asia operators' efforts to differentiate their services by adding features such as out-of-office and blacklisting are proving popular with subscribers. However, it is with application-to-peer and peer-to-application messaging that the wider opportunities lie. We believe that capitalising on the opportunities afforded by web applications such as Facebook (essentially an enormous web-based multimedia messaging environment) and effectively harnessing mobile marketing will enable operators to double mobile messaging revenues by 2011."

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