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(Almost) everything you need to know about the app market in 2016

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After nearly nine years, the app market shows no sign of slowing down. Here are the very positive headline findings of an exhaustive review of the app market for 2016 by market tracker App Annie.
App downloads rose 15 per cent, time spent in apps leapt 25 per cent and China overtook the US as the world’s biggest app market.

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15 stats that explore the growth of mobile in Sub-Saharan Africa

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The boom in smartphone sales in Africa is slowing, despite the fact that overall mobile handset shipments were up slightly in Q2 2016, with shipments of basic feature phones rising 31.9 per cent year on year to total 29.8 million units.

That’s according to figures from IDC’s recently published Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker, which also notes shipments of smartphones in Africa fell 5.2 per cent to 23.1 million units in the second quarter of 2016.

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Turkey: a land of mobile opportunity

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As MEF releases a new country report examining the behaviours and attitudes of Turkish smartphone users, MEF CEO Rimma Perelmuter explores the enormous potential of the Turkish mobile ecosystem.

With a population of more than 78 million, of which 93% are active mobile users, it’s clear few Turks need to be convinced of the benefits of mobile. And with such market saturation it would be hard to ignore the treasure trove of opportunities it presents to our industry.

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Stat Attack: how Africans use the mobile web, data and apps

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With AfricaCom still fresh in our minds, MEF Minute takes stroll through Opera’s well-timed State Of The Mobile Web Africa report. Here are the key findings…

After 20 years of astonishing growth, the mobile market has reached the top of the S curve. It’s far from settled – and it’s certainly not boring – but the truth is in most regions, people have smartphones.

And data plans. And apps.

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Meffys 2016 Winner Profile: Innovation in mHealth – Deutsche Telekom

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Deutsche Telekom’s Sea Hero Quest is no ordinary mobile game. It’s also a research tool, gathering data that helps scientists in the fight to understand dementia. This unique project won this year’s Meffy winner for Innovation in mHealth…

Dementia is on the rise. It is one of the most challenging medical issues of the era. Scientists have little understanding of where dementia comes from, how to stop it, or even how to detect its earliest signs.
And even though dementia affects 47.5 million people, research around it is limited. For every six research scientists looking into cancer there, is just one researching dementia.

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Meffys 2016 Winner Profile: Innovation in Mobile First Markets – Opera Software/Opera Max

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Consumers in mobile first countries are desperately hungry for digital services. But they can be held back by the cost of data. Opera is tackling this with its Opera Max product, which has won the Innovation in Mobile First Markets Meffy for 2016…

It’s ironic that the countries where mobile is ‘first’ are generally the countries where mobile data is the most expensive (in real terms).

In its recent State of the Mobile Web report, Opera Software revealed that the average German can pay for 500MB with one hour of work.

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Meffys 2016 Winner Profile: Innovation in FinTech – Kasisto

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Everyone is watching the development of chat bots and conversational commerce. US-based Kasisto is right at the heart of the space. It has launched its own banking bot and is helping others do the same. Kasisto won the 2016 Innovation in FinTech Meffy…
The financial services space is fascinated by chat bots. They seem to offer an enticing combination of the easy access of digital and the personal touch of the high street.
It’s why so many banks and card networks are experimenting with the concept. US-based Kasisto is helping most of them.

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Meffys 2016 winner profile: Consumer Trust – Hiya

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MEF Minute readers won’t need reminding that mobile is the most personal, universal and immediate of all media. People love this. Sadly, so do fraudsters, scammers and opportunistic marketers. As phone penetration has passed 100 per cent in many regions, unwelcome calls and texts have proliferated. Hiya Mobile says from January to May 2016, nearly 1.5 robocall complaints were submitted to the Federal Trade Commission in the US. Hiya offers...
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What does the future hold for biometric authentication?

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A recurring trend mentioned in our Member’s predictions for the year ahead related to mobile security and the use of biometrics – here Didier Benkoel-Adechy of MEF Member Gemalto takes a closer look at the future of biometric authentication and how it might develop.

In a world of new and constantly evolving threats, there’s a distinct need for innovations in security, particularly authentication, to counteract cyber criminals wherever they lie. In many ways, there’s an arms race going on between those wishing to protect information and those hoping to exploit it. One of the key arenas of battle between these two parties is mobile.

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Mobile wallet offers strategic opportunity

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Dave Ratner, President of Enterprise Solutions at MEF Member Syniverse reflects on the holiday season and how mobile wallets can be harnessed by brands to revitalise sales and engage consumers.

Holiday shopping may not feel like it’s in full swing until just before Christmas, but research shows only 27 percent of U.S. consumers start shopping in December. While this may give pause to some brands, worried that they have missed a window to attract customers, a new mobile channel has emerged to help overcome this challenge. Mobile wallet offers

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Fitbug : GDPR and keeping the future of privacy healthy

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At MEF’s Consumer Trust Summit in London much of the discussion focussed on the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which is set to change the rules around how personal data is collected and used. Anna Gudmundson, CEO of Fitbug and Consumer Trust Summit panelist, shares her thoughts on how the regulation will impact the health sector and how data-centric companies may need to radically re-think their policies on personal data…

The Mobile Ecosystem Forum held its seventh Consumer Trust Summit in London last week. I had the privilege of joining representatives from companies from across the ecosystem to talk about the future of data, with a particular focus on the new data protection act rolling out across Europe in May 2018.

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Six tips to engage end-users with trusted mobile marketing in Nigeria

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MEF member Gemalto shares the findings of its new survey, revealing the key success factors to be met by mobile operators and brands in Nigeria to maximize user engagement for mobile marketing campaigns.

Has the mobile advertising era finally reached Nigeria? As a matter of fact, 2017 will see mobile advertising spending exceed desktop ad spending for the first time. And by 2019 spending on mobile will represent 64% of all Internet advertising spending in the country.

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Newly elected MEF Global Board highlights mobile industry diversity and collaboration

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MEF has announced the results of its Global Board elections for the 2015/2016 term following its AGM in London last week.

Candidates representing a variety of markets and sectors contested four seats on MEF’s Global Board, reflecting the organisation’s diverse membership as mobile becomes the primary technology for engaging consumers in growth and established markets

The newly elected and re-elected board directors are:

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Smartphones in mobile-first markets: it’s complicated

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It’s one of the great truisms of the mobile industry: smartphone ownership is rocketing in developing markets. But is it true? Well, kind of but not really. At least according…

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Interview: how Ola is building an ‘Uber for India’

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All over the world, ride-sharing apps are taking on powerful local taxi businesses. But in India, the situation is a little different: there are hardly any local firms to take…

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MEF Global Forum Mobile First Markets in Pictures

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The MEF Minute team have just landed back from Bangalore, India where the inaugural MEF Global Forum Mobile First Markets took place. 200+ members and delegates came together to learn fascinating insights into the mobile opportunity across South East Asia, Middle East, Africa and of course India. In the week that saw the launch of the new Indian Government’s Digital India Week #MEFGF Bangalore gave delegates access to some of the...
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The WhatsApp nation

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Rafael Pellon, MEF LatAm Board Member and partner at Focaccia, Amaral, Salvia, Pellon & Lamonica, here explores the ongoing issues surrounding the repeated blocking of hugely popular Whatsapp across Brazil, and the knock on effects this has had across the region and the mobile app ecosystem.

Almost a month since the 2nd wholesale blockage of WhatsApp in Brazil, Brazilians are starting to appreciate that WhatsApp has become nothing but essential.

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MEF Connects Brazil in pictures

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MEF recently hosted its largest LatAm event to date: MEF Connects Brazil, held during Tela Viva Móvel, supported by Movile and Digital Virgo.

Over 130 senior executives from 60 companies representing the mobile ecosystem in Latin America got together for the business networking event.

We partnered with Tela Viva Móvel, the most relevant conference in Brazil for the mobile sector.

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[Infographic] Mobile advertising in Brazil

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Brazil’s economic growth is well documented. It is a mobile first country with 50 per cent of all households using mobile as their primary means for communicating and getting online.

Today that’s a mix of feature phones and smartphones but by 2018, one third of the country is predicted to own a smartphone.

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Mobile Ecosystem Forum elects new EMEA and LatAm boards

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Mobile Ecosystem Forum (MEF), is today announcing the results of its 2016 EMEA and LatAm board elections which took place during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last week.

As mobile continues its reign to become the primary channel to engage and transact with consumers…

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Connecting the mobile first: Syniverse in China

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In our Spotlight interview, we learned how Syniverse approaches security and privacy in the brand/consumer relationship globally. But how does the global transaction processor approach doing business in the uniquely challenging Chinese market?

We spoke with Dave Ratner, President of Enterprise Solutions during GMIC Beijing about Syniverse’ business in China and how the company enables brands and enterprises to “connect, engage, interact and protect” its mobile first customers.

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Doing business in China: MEFTV in Beijing

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We spoke to many of our members during this year’s GMIC Beijing about the challenges and opportunities of providing mobile services for the Chinese market.

Here are two more video interviews with members active in China, mobile messaging business, Twilio and law firm Dentons, who share their insights into what its like to do business in this challenging market.

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How to succeed in China: highlights from MEF Connects Beijing

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You can’t succeed in China unless you have an unfair advantage. But if you do have one, the rewards are huge. That was the key take-away from experts at the recent MEF Connects China held during GMIC Beijing…

Thinking of expanding your business into China? Be careful. This is the advice from a VC that specialises in taking overseas companies into the region.

“95 per cent of companies do not belong here.”

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Mobile advertising in China is closing in on America

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Rangar Kruse, CEO of Smaato shares insights into the state of mobile advertising in China, and reveals that China may soon overtake the US as the highest spending advertising market. We caught up with Ragnar at GMIC Beijing.

According to the Smaato Global Trends Report, the United States consistently takes the lead as the world’s largest advertising market. However, China’s recent explosive mobile advertising growth rate suggests that the world may soon have a new ad spend leader.

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Six tips to engage end-users with trusted mobile marketing in Nigeria

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MEF member Gemalto shares the findings of its new survey, revealing the key success factors to be met by mobile operators and brands in Nigeria to maximize user engagement for mobile marketing campaigns.

Has the mobile advertising era finally reached Nigeria? As a matter of fact, 2017 will see mobile advertising spending exceed desktop ad spending for the first time. And by 2019 spending on mobile will represent 64% of all Internet advertising spending in the country.

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14 stats that explore the growth of A2P messaging

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The latest issue of MEF’s eBulletin is out today and turns the spotlight on mobile messaging taking an in-depth look at the issues, news and market drivers shaping the enterprise messaging space including analysis on revenue leakage, global market forecasts, conversational commerce and how being consumer-centric boosts engagement.

Businesses are increasingly turning to enterprise messaging as a key platform for engaging consumers. Impressive open rates for marketing messages are well cited. But beyond this areas such as authentication and notification in sectors like banking and healthcare as well as relationship building for brands and retailers are driving the messaging ecosystem forward.

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iKnow: 12 essential stats on the world of Apple

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One billion iPhones and $50 billion paid out to developers. The landmark numbers keep on coming from Apple. Here are 12 key stats you should know about the world’s biggest tech hardware maker…

Shortly before Tim Cook revealed the app store milestone, Apple announced its third quarter results. So let’s take a look at key performance data of the world’s largest (occasionally second largest) tech company.

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5G is coming: 20 things you need to know – Part 2

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Last week, and in light of the publication of a 5G Manifesto by a consortium of European mobile operators, we published part one of our guide to 5G and what you need to know about the new, faster mobile standard.

In part 1, we heard among other things how it will let users download a full HD movie in seconds, and details of trials taking place worldwide. If you missed it, take a look now – and find out more with part 2 of our essential 5G cheat sheet.

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Where to spend your travel marketing budget in 2016: mobile [Infographic]

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With summer holiday season fast approaching, it is time once again for travel marketers to focus their spending on the channels that matter – and for savvy professionals that means putting mobile at the centre of the mix.

This infographic from MDG Advertising notes the importance of mobile optimisation for any travel site, and the prevalence of mobile in booking and sharing among millenials. Worth noting too is the sheer increase in mobile search for travel categories across the board in 2015; hotel searches up 49 per cent, cruises, 49 per cent and airlines 33 per cent.

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mHealth apps – are they secure? [infographic]

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55 percent of consumers expect their mobile health apps to be hacked within the next six months, according to a recent report from Arxan Technologies. Executive IT leaders (48%) who have oversight or insight into the security of the mobile healthcare and produce apps also share the same concerns.

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Mobile financial services – bridges and barriers [infographic]

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Mobile financial services continue to push out in every direction. From simply sending money peer-to-peer through to in-built car technology that allows drivers to pay for petrol without leaving their vehicle. Its all going on.

This infographic from Ovum and Amdocs is the result of the findings from a survey of 8,500 mobile users across 17 markets and provides insight in to user behaviour and the barriers to entry in the mobile money sphere.

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China’s FinTech revolution [infographic]

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In 1997, Bill Gates said, “We need banking but we don’t need banks.”

In other words its the FinTech services that support the ways in which consumers and businesses transact that are paving the way forward. For most, mobile devices are the centrepiece of the disruption and with that disruption, investment is following.

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Fitbug : GDPR and keeping the future of privacy healthy

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At MEF’s Consumer Trust Summit in London much of the discussion focussed on the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which is set to change the rules around how personal data is collected and used. Anna Gudmundson, CEO of Fitbug and Consumer Trust Summit panelist, shares her thoughts on how the regulation will impact the health sector and how data-centric companies may need to radically re-think their policies on personal data…

The Mobile Ecosystem Forum held its seventh Consumer Trust Summit in London last week. I had the privilege of joining representatives from companies from across the ecosystem to talk about the future of data, with a particular focus on the new data protection act rolling out across Europe in May 2018.

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Industry Views: regulation and the personal data economy

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No one disputes the TV, PC, Internet and mobile changed consumer lives. Every year, analysts share their predictions for the “next 10 big things” set to disrupt our world – from AI and AR to driverless cars to blockchain. But what can now really achieve mass-adoption and change consumer lives?

In 2016 much attention has been given to the Personal Data Economy – from Governments and regulators, to enterprises and developers all see the potential and the benefits.

Here we’ve collected the thoughts of some of the MEF members that are active in the debate.

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If it ain’t broke, fix it

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Tech hubs around the world share much in common. From Silicon Valley to Mumbai, Berlin to Lagos, you’ll find the same entrepreneurial spirit and can-do attitude. Their culture of Darwinian innovation takes few prisoners and has created problems with regulators and the consumers they serve. However, experts detect change in the air. MEF’s Simon Bates investigates.

The culture of Silicon Valley is often at odds with the principle of building trust. This was one of the key messages from a panel of experts at MEF’s recent Global Consumer Trust Summit. The reason behind the tech sector’s great success – a laser focus on innovation and disruption – can often upset the very people using its services.

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The monetisation muddle: six challenges facing data pioneers

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The rewards for those that harness the value of personal data are well documented. But, just as the 19th Century Gold Rush wrought disaster as well as triumph, success is not guaranteed. MEF’s year-on-year annual Consumer Trust Reports identify some of the obstacles facing modern day prospectors, as MEF CEO, Rimma Perelmuter explains.

Data is now the lifeblood of most mobile businesses. Growing exponentially in volume and richness, it may one day supplant oil and gas as the most lucrative resource for modern economies. From Menlo Park to Mumbai and Cambridge to Nairobi, a new generation of entrepreneurs and coders are inventing new models to harness its value.

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5 minutes with… Telecoming

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In our 5 minutes with profiles, MEF members talk about their business, their aspirations for the future and the wider mobile industry. This week, MD Cyrille Thivat introduces Telecoming.

Telecoming is a company specialising in mobile entertainment: from content to billing and of course, promotion. We have 3 main business areas: mobile content, mobile billing and mobile advertising.

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5 minutes with… MMDSmart

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In our 5 minutes with profiles, MEF members talk about their business, their aspirations for the future and the wider mobile industry. This week, VP of Business Development and Marketing Ira Cohen introduces MMDSmart.

When did MMDSmart launch and what growth have you seen?

We began operations eight years ago as a voice carrier and added messaging about three years ago. Not an easy market for a new player to penetrate, but our team came from the industry, and believed that if we provided good quality, flexibility in finding creative solutions and financial stability we would carve our niche.

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5 minutes with… Meeco

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In our 5 minutes with profiles, MEF members talk about their business, their aspirations for the future and the wider mobile industry. This week, Nathan Kinch, Head of Experience and Labs introduces Meeco.

What does your company do?

Save, Sync and Securely Share Your Data On Your Terms…

Up until now the power to capture, analyse and profit from personal data has resided with business, government and social networks. What if you and I had the same power?

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5 minutes with… Turk Telekom International

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In our 5 minutes with profiles, MEF members talk about their business, their aspirations for the future and the wider mobile industry. This week, CSO Stuart Evers introduces Turk Telekom.

Our company’s strap-line is “Bridging Continents” which I believe is a pretty good summary of what we do, both figuratively and literally. As a Turkish company we stand on the geographic and historical link between Europe and Asia and we are the modern-day version of the ancient trade routes that flowed from old Byzantium…. only instead of spices, silk and opals, we carry fibre, data and minutes.

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What’s in store for the mobile ecosystem in 2017?

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2016 was an eventful year for technology innovation across the board. And whilst new models have come to the fore the global base of mobile users continues to grow, confirming mobile’s central role in how businesses innovate and monetise their services.

Everything has been fair game, from the collection and responsible use of user data through to new ways for consumers to perform everyday tasks like talking to their bank, ordering and buying a coffee or transferring money to a friend.

But how will the mobile ecosystem change in 2017? And what are the areas of the ecosystem that are ripe for disruption or collaboration? We asked MEF members to provide us with their thoughts on the big trends for 2017…

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Industry Views: lite apps in emerging markets

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There is a growing trend for big mobile brands to develop lite versions of their apps to hook mobile users in emerging markets. Just last month Shazam and Facebook Messenger announced that they are going lite for example.

The logic is straightforward. Unlike saturated established app economies, these markets are mobile first and represent the next billion in terms of connected mobile users. Importantly they typically have poorer network speeds and lower levels of disposable income so lite versions of apps are offered as a low data and cost solution.

We asked MEF members and the wider mobile community for their thoughts.

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Industry Views: regulation and the personal data economy

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No one disputes the TV, PC, Internet and mobile changed consumer lives. Every year, analysts share their predictions for the “next 10 big things” set to disrupt our world – from AI and AR to driverless cars to blockchain. But what can now really achieve mass-adoption and change consumer lives?

In 2016 much attention has been given to the Personal Data Economy – from Governments and regulators, to enterprises and developers all see the potential and the benefits.

Here we’ve collected the thoughts of some of the MEF members that are active in the debate.

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Industry views: is mobile spam and SMiShing trashing consumer trust?

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MEF’s Mobile Messaging Fraud Report 2016 reveals the extent to which spam and phishing (SMiShing) across chat apps and SMS are pestering consumers around the world.

26 per cent of chat app users get an unsolicited message every day, while 49 per cent receive at least one a week. With SMS its 28 per cent every day with 58 per cent receiving one a week.

And while SMS is still the most trusted messaging channel, 33 per cent indicated that they had received a SMiShing message aimed at tricking them in to divulging personal data such as bank details or passwords for online services.

We asked MEF members and the wider mobile community for their thoughts.

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How to succeed in China: highlights from MEF Connects Beijing

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You can’t succeed in China unless you have an unfair advantage. But if you do have one, the rewards are huge. That was the key take-away from experts at the recent MEF Connects China held during GMIC Beijing…

Thinking of expanding your business into China? Be careful. This is the advice from a VC that specialises in taking overseas companies into the region.

“95 per cent of companies do not belong here.”

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Mobile advertising in China is closing in on America

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Rangar Kruse, CEO of Smaato shares insights into the state of mobile advertising in China, and reveals that China may soon overtake the US as the highest spending advertising market. We caught up with Ragnar at GMIC Beijing.

According to the Smaato Global Trends Report, the United States consistently takes the lead as the world’s largest advertising market. However, China’s recent explosive mobile advertising growth rate suggests that the world may soon have a new ad spend leader.

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Views from the showfloor: MEFTV at GMIC Beijing

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MEF Minute was at this year’s Global Mobile Internet Conference in Beijing among the 25,000 mobile industry executives, entrepreneurs, developers and investors on the show floor over 3 days.

We asked exhibiting MEF members and speakers from our own MEF Connects China event held just before GMIC, including Google and Syniverse, about some of the challenges and opportunities presented by the Chinese mobile ecosystem, and to share their tips for how to get ahead in this unique and exciting market.

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5 minutes with… iProov

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In our 5 minutes with profiles, MEF members talk about their business, their aspirations for the future and the wider mobile industry. This week, Co-founder & CEO (and Global Chairman of MEF) Andrew Bud introduces iProov.

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Weekly mobile news round-up: 20 January

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Find out the week’s top mobile stories from around the world.

This week… how AT&T prepared for Trump inauguration, India privacy concerns over data sharing policies, Apple raises prices in UK, games more engaging than social media… and much more.

Donald Trump’s inauguration is expected to attract over 900,000 enthusiastic attendees, all of whom will be armed with a mobile phone.

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Amazon Go: the future of shopping (if it can solve the grape problem)

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Amazon may just have re-invented shopping with its Go concept store. But Tim Green wants to know if he now has to upgrade his phone OS before he is allowed to buy spaghetti hoops…

Fork handles!

British readers of a certain age will recognise the reference. ‘Fork Handles’ was the name of a 1976 comedy sketch by The Two Ronnies. In it, a man walks into a shop and asks for ‘fork handles’. The shopkeeper then gives him four candles.

Fork handles. Four candles.

It helps to be a native English speaker.

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What does the future hold for biometric authentication?

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A recurring trend mentioned in our Member’s predictions for the year ahead related to mobile security and the use of biometrics – here Didier Benkoel-Adechy of MEF Member Gemalto takes a closer look at the future of biometric authentication and how it might develop.

In a world of new and constantly evolving threats, there’s a distinct need for innovations in security, particularly authentication, to counteract cyber criminals wherever they lie. In many ways, there’s an arms race going on between those wishing to protect information and those hoping to exploit it. One of the key arenas of battle between these two parties is mobile.

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MEF member news – January 16

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What’s happening among the MEF membership? Here’s your weekly round up of all the latest announcements from MEF Members including product launches, partnerships, research insights and more…

The basic web browser has been based on the same template for over 20 years. Now, Opera is testing a new concept: Opera Neon.

The firms says traditional browsers are “are not as fresh as they used to be”. Its new concept presents a re-think with elements such as:

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Global mobile news round-up 13th January

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Find out the week’s top mobile stories from around the world.

This week.. EU wants to extend data privacy to OTT players, post Verizon Yahoo, IOS revenues will hit $1 trillion in 2017 and much more.

The European Commission has set out proposals for updating rules which govern the use of personal telecoms data that would expand their remit to cover email and mobile messaging data for the first time — meaning the ePrivacy regulation would also apply to web companies such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Apple and Google.

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Mobile wallet offers strategic opportunity

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Dave Ratner, President of Enterprise Solutions at MEF Member Syniverse reflects on the holiday season and how mobile wallets can be harnessed by brands to revitalise sales and engage consumers.

Holiday shopping may not feel like it’s in full swing until just before Christmas, but research shows only 27 percent of U.S. consumers start shopping in December. While this may give pause to some brands, worried that they have missed a window to attract customers, a new mobile channel has emerged to help overcome this challenge. Mobile wallet offers

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CES 2017 News round-up part two

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Find out more top mobile stories from CES 2017 in Las Vegas in part two of our news round-up. Voice computing is going to be big, new friction free payment options for Honda cars, Blackberry is back and s is Nokia (but only in China) and much more…

Smartwatches are cool (if rather geeky) gadgets, and they’ve yet to really capture the hearts of the general public. But perhaps that’s about to change, as Huawei reckons it knows how to make the public full in love with the wrist-worn wearable.

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MEF member news – January 9

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What’s happening among the MEF membership? Here’s your weekly round up of all the latest announcements from MEF Members including product launches, partnerships, research insights and more…

Giant US carrier AT&T will use Gemalto’s systems to manage millions of connected things.
Gemalto will supply AT&T with its LinqUS remote subscription management tech. This makes it simpler for enterprises to manage devices that connect with eSIMs over the AT&T data network.
AT&T already had more than 30 million connected devices on its network as of the third quarter of 2016.

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