Executive Interview


Executive Insights Series: Manny Teixeira, MTN

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In the latest instalment of MEF’s video series supported by Mahindra Comviva, we look at how operators in developing markets are managing the transition to new value added services. Manny Teixeira, group head of digital media and services at MTN, talks to us about the next phase…

Africa has begun its transition away from the feature phone to the smartphone.

According Analysys Mason’s Middle East and Africa regional research programme, the region’s smartphone sales will grow at a CAGR of 10.8 per cent between 2015 and 2020, from 63 million units to 105 million units. Smartphones will account for 62.4 per cent of all handset sales in the SSA region in 2020.

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UMG’s Ty Roberts: get ready for revolutionary new digital music products

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Ty Roberts is a Silicon Valley and record industry insider with a genuine love for both technology and music. Universal Music Group’s first-ever CTO shared his thoughts about the technological future of music with MEF Minute…
Ten years ago, when Sony Ericsson’s Walkman branded phones ruled the mobile music space, the handset maker launched a feature called SensMe. The aim was to generate track choices made on mood and emotion, rather than pitch and tempo.

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Executive Insights Series: Deon Liebenberg, Vodacom South Africa

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In the latest Executive Insight video supported by Mahindra Comviva, we look at the transformative potential of the Internet of Things in developing economies. Here, MEF talks to Deon Liebenberg, managing executive for the IoT at Vodacom.

He explains what’s need to make the market flourish, and how South Africa is leading the space.
Could the epidemic of car theft in South Africa be the unlikely catalyst for one of the world’s most advanced IoT markets?

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Why the time has come for sponsored mobile data

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The world’s smartphone users don’t want bits and bytes, says Syntonic CEO Gary Greenbaum. They want music, video and games. He talked to MEF Minute about this changing consumer mindset and Syntonic’s sponsored content models.

We live in an era of exploding demand for streaming video, on-demand music and connected gaming on mobile. But one factor limits the potential of this content market: the cost of data. Consumers are either concerned at the cost or they don’t understand data at all. After all, how many megabytes are there in 10 minutes of YouTube?

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Executive Insights Series: Christian de Faria, Airtel Africa

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In the latest Executive Insight video supported by Mahindra Comviva, MEF talks to Christian de Faria, Executive Chairman of AIRTEL Africa, about driving digital transformation in developing markets.

In 2016, it became possible for any mobile money user In Tanzania to send money to any other user, regardless of operator. So, in other words, and Airtel Money customer could transact instantly on mobile with a customer of Vodacom, Tigo or Zantel.

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Executive Insights Series: Adia Sowho, Etisalat Nigeria

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In the latest Executive Insight video supported by Mahindra Comviva, we look at the evolution of the mobile money space in Africa. Here, MEF talks to Adia Sowho, director of digital business at Etisalat Nigeria, about the challenges and opportunities for the market in Nigeria.

In the banking world, there is much talk about inclusion. Banks and card schemes frequently discuss the challenge of bringing billions of unbanked people into the world of traditional financial services.
There’s no similar conversation in mobile. There’s no need. Virtually everyone is already included.

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Africa’s mobile-first music scene: Antos Stella, Content Connect Africa

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There’s huge potential in Africa’s mobile-first music scene. But you need strong local knowledge to unlock it. So says Antos Stella, managing director of Content Connect Africa. In this exclusive interview for MEF Minute, she explains why she is so excited about the market…

In the ‘mature markets’ of Europe and North America, the music industry is undergoing profound change. There’s excitement, but also trepidation. The traditional analogue model of CDs and high street shops was extraordinarily lucrative. Now, it’s gone. Re-adjusting is painful.

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Enterprise messaging: Integrate expectations

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Adding a mobile messaging function to enterprise systems is a must for businesseses.

Mike Willock, VP for EMEA Sales, SAP Mobile Services recently spoke to MEF’s Tim Green about the benefits of adding messaging to enterprise communications for MEF’s Future of Messaging Guide which can be downloaded here for free…

For any enterprise embracing digital to reach customers, mobile and messaging is a key component and enabler. It’s why enterprise software giant SAP bought Sybase 365 (now SAP Mobile Services). The acquisition opened up new, broader messaging and integration opportunities with existing products and as standalone solutions.

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Two factor authentication: Is that really you?

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Despite recent scare stories, SMS pass codes remain the safest form of two-factor authentication.

Rob Malcolm, VP of marketing and online sales at CLX recently spoke to MEF’s Tim Green about the issues and benefits of two-factor authentication for its Future of Messaging Guide which can be downloaded here for free.

For years, two-factor authentication (2FA) was regarded as an essential weapon in the fight against online fraud. Again and again, criminals easily bypassed passwords and PINs. Far safer then to have users enter proof that they own the device registered to the service – like a smartphone.

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Executive Insights Video Series: Bruno Mettling, CEO of Orange, Middle East & Africa

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What are the fundamental issues facing the world’s mobile operators? In the first of an exclusive new video series supported by Mahindra Comviva, MEF talked to Bruno Mettling, CEO of Orange Middle East & Africa, about digital transformation…

Are mobile operators the new ‘over the top’ players? It’s an interesting question. Everyone knows that the original ‘OTTs’ – Facebook, Google, Amazon and others – have rushed to compete with operators in messaging, content and more.

But when Orange recently declared its intention to bring societal renewal to Africa by investing in health, education and even electricity generation, isn’t this going ‘over the top’ too?

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