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Executive Insights: Carrier Billing Global Outlook & Opportunities – Fernando Luciano, Telefônica Vivo

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Direct carrier billing is a convenient alternative to cards for millions of users. But for those without cards, it’s a route to healthcare, education and vital utilities. In this DCB video supported by Bango, Fernando Luciano, director of digital services and innovation at Telefônica Vivo, explains why.

Most people think of direct carrier billing (DCB) as something that works best with entertainment – paying for virtual goods in a mobile game; buying a music track; subscribing to a TV service.

MEF Member news, 13th August

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Get the latest announcements from MEF Members across the mobile ecosystem globally in this weekly review of member news…

Colombian state-run bank Banco Agrario is collaborating with IT services firm Comviva and telco Telefonica to provide mobile money and financial services to agricultural farm workers in the country. In the pilot phase, customers will be able to open a mobile account, deposit money, transfer funds to other users, pay utility bills and recharge their prepaid mobile connection, among other transactions

Global Mobile News Round-up, August 10th

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Find out the week’s top mobile stories from around the world. This week.. Mobile becomes main banking channel in Brazil, do India’s proposed data protection measures do enough to protect privacy, Jack Ma points to Africa as the next great tech frontier and much more…

The mobile channel has surpassed Internet banking for the first time in Brazil, according to statistics from the Brazilian Central Bank. Some 24,5 billion banking transactions were carried out via smartphones and tablets in 2017, up 46,7 percent when compared to the 16,7 billion transactions in the prior year, according to the statistics on retail and card payments in Brazil.

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MEF Interview – Wikimedia foundation

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MEFTV speaks to Jorge Vargas and Jack Rabah from the Wikimedia Foundation, who explains the objectives of the non-profit Foundation in focusing on efforts to make Wikipedia a truly global free knowledge resource – while widely known and used in the US and Europe, only 30% of Wikipedia traffic comes from emerging countries.

As part of the Wikimedia 2030 vision, the Wikimedia Foundation is working to expand partnerships with mission aligned organizations by empowering communities to participate in knowledge creation and sharing.


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