59 million sms texts were sent New Year's Eve. The three mobile phone operators in Belgium: Proximus, Mobistar and Base, were prepared for the sms avalanche, although it exceeded their expectation of about 47 million sms messages.
The three mobile phone operators had increased their capacity so the networks would be able to handle the increased traffic New Year's Eve. The capacity was expanded especially in the big cities and in the vicinity of discotheques. Mobistar has reported traffic of 1,267 messages per minute during peak moments.