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

Bango Platform wins ‘Most Innovative DCB Technology’ award

Bango has won the award for the ‘Most Innovative DCB Technology’ at the Global Direct Carrier Billing Awards 2017, continuing a very strong year. Hosted in London on Tuesday, 26 September, as part of the Global Carrier Billing Summit event, this was the first Global Direct Carrier Billing Awards competition.

This award recognizes the new technology and capabilities added to the Bango Platform to handle the many complexities involved in the recent launch of carrier billing by Amazon Japan. In June 2017, the Bango Platform enabled carrier billing in the world’s leading online store, in the world’s leading e-Commerce market, for over 75% of the population, signaling the first large-scale move for this alternative payment method into the $23Tn e-Commerce retail market.

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Novatti Group to lifts funds following integration of Bitcoin service

Novatti Group Ltd  is a global software technology and payment services provider, and last month outlined that one of its Software as a Service client is ready for a commercial launch and is integrating a Bitcoin exchange to the Novatti Payments Platform.

Novatti has been under contract with Hong Kong global fintech start-up TiENPAY Ltd for 18 months to design and deploy a global digital wallet system that will be called TiENPAY.

TiENPAY will have many characteristics of other China based wallets such as those deployed by WeChat and AliPay plus additional features to service its target markets.

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Vodafone revamps brand in 34 countries

Vodafone Group has announced it will revamp global brand across 36 countries, with a new logo and company strapline from tomorrow (Oct 6).

According to the global operator, the decision to rebrand was made after completion of research carried out on 30,000 people across 17 countries, throughout August.

Vodafone claims it will commence its largest advertising campaign in its 33-year history, to bring awareness to the rebrand.

Vodafone Group chief commercial operations and strategy officer, Serpil Timuray said: “Our new brand positioning is intended to embody Vodafone’s mission and purpose to help our customers and communities adapt and prosper as these remarkable new trends reshape the world.”

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Orange Business Services advances enterprise IoT with LTE-M network and devices

Orange Business Services has accelerated its LTE-M strategy to support the development of internet of things (IoT) solutions for the enterprise market. This follows the announcement by Orange in February 2017 that the Group would be prioritizing LTE-M across its footprint in Europe, and today it announces significant progress.

“The development of the LTE-M network is part of our strategy to provide a full range of IoT connectivity options for our customers through Datavenue. The availability of the LTE-M devices enables our customers to start developing their LTE-M applications before the full networks are launched in 2018. We believe that LTE-M is a perfect match for a wide range of IoT use cases in Industry 4.0, fleet management and asset tracking,” said Olivier Ondet, Vice President of IoT and Analytics, Orange Business Services.

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Huawei, Vodafone singled out for IoT connectivity strengths

Huawei and Vodafone have topped a new scorecard measuring Internet of Things connectivity management platforms (CMPs), edging out rivals Cisco Jasper and Ericsson.

The scorecard, from research house IHS, tracks criteria including number of connections, support for numerous kinds of connectivity, variety of deployments and the company’s perception among the wider industry.

Sam Lucero, Senior Principal Analyst for M2M and IoT at IHS Markit, said: “Huawei and Vodafone ranked as this year’s scorecard leaders based on a number of factors.

“Huawei’s cumulative cellular IoT connection count exploded in 2016 on the back of its work with Chinese operators. Vodafone has quietly established a global footprint of operator partners that not only use its platform, but often its global network and global IoT SIM, as well.”

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