As everyone is in a hurry to wish loved ones a happy New Year, Japanese mobile users will have to put their “Congratulations” and “Happy New Year” messages on hold. For the first two hours of the New Year, mobile networks in Japan have requested that users postpone texts and calls of any kind.
The Japanese Telecommunications Carrier Association has issued a warning to users that calls and texts will be delayed for a few hours after the New Year. The warning was issued in anticipation of the massive amounts of texts and calls that will occur around midnight on Dec. 31. The peak time for phone calls is 45 minutes to an hour after midnight while text messages will lasts for at least two hours. The association includes all major mobile networks in Japan including NTT Docomo, Softbank and KDDI.
Although the association has asked that customers restrain from using their phones, I’m curious as to how many people will follow the rules. With about 128.4 million mobile contracts in Japan, it will be difficult to stop everyone from sending calls and texts, even if it’s just for a few hours. In Japan, it is common to return home for the holidays so mobile users will be spread out across the country as opposed to residing in major cities.