World Bulletin / News Desk
The once-popular trend of wishing blessed Eid to family members and friends in Egypt has seen a steady decline as more users shifted to use social media to convey their Eid greetings, executives from the country's mobile operators said.
"We expect the number of SMS during the Eid al-Fitr to decrease by 15%, compared to last year," Hisham Hendi, head of consumer services at Vodafone Egypt, told Anadolu Agency.
Ashraf Halim, Vice President of Mobinil, a leading cellular company in the country, confirmed that his company is expecting a similar decline.
"Despite the huge increase of using SMS during the Eid, the number of SMS cannot be compared to the higher number of text messages in the past Eids, in the light of the rise of social media," he added.
Yet, Mahmoud Abu Shadi, a communications experts, said that it is not that gloomy for the mobile services providers.
"Egyptians use several platforms to convey Eid greetings, some use Facebook, some use Twitter, but the majority still depend on SMS to deliver their Eid wishes," he said.
"The impact of the social media on the revenues of the mobile service companies would not be strong in the time being," he added.