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Hi all,


Here in this group, a member recently sent a message asking the following:


"I'm wondering how easy is it to scale FrontlineSMS from a small scale deployment to a system that can send to thousands of beneficiaries? Also, what is the speed at which FrontlineSMS can send SMS's? Some rough guide?"

In answer to the latter question on speed of sending SMS you can take a look in our FAQ here for further information in answer to this.

The former question is a little more complex, and there is no one-size-fits all answer. There is some helpful information on technical aspects of managing a larger scale message program in this previous forum discussion. 

However, as well as the technical side of things there will also be a range of program design questions to consider - around points such as cost, sustainability, audience, human resources needed, to name just a few of the main points. There are some helpful tips on broader program design questions in some of our user resources, such as this guide and this guide. (Neither guide is specifically based on scale, but should help give some ideas about the key points to consider in managing an SMS program).

I hope this is helpful. If any users have additional points to add please feel free! 

Thanks

Flo

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