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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

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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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Gemalto: Customer acquisition – a new business model for A2P messaging

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Gemalto’s Sherry Zameer has an intriguing idea: what if enterprises paid for A2P messages based on the value they deliver, rather than merely the volume of texts?

But what has this to do with mobile messaging? Well, Zameer believes it’s inevitable that this instinct for commerce will go digital – and that messaging could be the key to making it work. Not just in Nigeria, but all of Africa.

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Interview: Mastercard talks post-plastic payments

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When you turn payments into code, you can put them anywhere – cars, fridges, watches, rings. Mastercard is working hard to make the post-plastic revolution real. Kiki Del Valle, Sr VP for Commerce for Every Device at Mastercard, talked to MEF Minute…

Mastercard needs no introduction. The clue is in the name. It’s a giant, global ‘card’ network. But the truth is, the plastic card is just one of an increasing number of options Mastercard customers can call upon when they want to pay for things.

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Meeco’s Katryna Dow on Tom Cruise, Toyota and the personal data economy

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It was sci-fi that first got Katryna Dow, founder of MEF member Meeco, thinking about how we can take back control of our personal data. That was 10 years ago. Today, Katryna is one of the world’s leading proponents of the personal data economy. She spoke to MEF Minute…

If anyone is struggling to get his or her head round the idea of the personal data economy, ask Katryna Dow about her X-rays.

The founder of Meeco is a busy woman. A busy woman running a start-up that is half based in Australia and half based in the UK.

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Wirecard: the next big wave of digital commerce will be on the high street

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By mastering digital-first commerce, Wirecard has become one of the world’s fastest growing companies. Now, it’s turning its attention to bricks and mortar stores. MEF’s Tim Green talked to Wirecard’s EVP of global product strategy, Christian von Hammel-Bonten…

It’s been said many times before that the world’s payment processing systems were not built for digital. There was a time when most payments were local. The man in the shop knew you. And if you wanted credit, he would make a personal decision based on his relationship with you.

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Digi.me’s Julian Ranger – why The Internet Of Me will change the world

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Imagine a world where rich customer data is available to business – with complete privacy to the individual. Julian Ranger says his company, Digi.me, can make this happen. And it’s game changing, he explained to MEF Minute…

Julian Ranger has the cards out again. He is talking about his start-up by dealing, cutting and turning over 52 playing cards.

It’s an unusual way for a tech entrepreneur to pitch his business idea. But Ranger is not a regular tech entrepreneur. Sure, he has impeccable geek credentials. But he’s also a showman. And he’s hit on a novel way of explaining the concept behind his current venture, Digi.me.

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