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IDT selects XConnect solution to enhance its A2P messaging

XConnect has been selected by IDT Carrier Services to enhance its wholesale A2P SMS messaging business with global number intelligence.

IDT uses XConnect to bolster its Mobile Number Portability (MNP) data and deliver greater speed and accuracy of message delivery through direct routing.

“IDT is simplifying A2P messaging for aggregators and providing a trusted wholesale solution with particular focus on Latin America and Africa,” said Peter Broes, director of product management at IDT.

“Working with XConnect, we’re able to offer A2P SMS assurance and optimise message routing. XConnect is continually refining, refreshing and cleaning its number portability data. That enables us to deliver A2P messaging services with confidence while focusing on our core business. We see huge growth potential for A2P messaging across the globe.”

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SMS grey routes are expected to generate revenue leakages of US$37.1 billion between 2020-2024

Mobilesquared and Vox Carrier partner to publish a white paper estimating the global impact of messaging grey routes and the expected benefits of next-generation firewalls on operators’ businesses.

Mobilesquared, the leader in business messaging market intelligence, and Vox Carrier, an pioneering vendor of mobile monetization solutions, have partnered to release a new white paper entitled ‘Protecting A2P SMS revenues into the roaring 20’s’. The paper, authored by Mobilesquared, provides never before published statistics of the historic and forecasted impact of grey routes on the messaging business from 2010 to 2024.

‘In 10 years the A2P SMS market has thrived and become a key revenue stream for mobile operators monetising white route traffic via their next-generation SMS firewalls. A little over half of mobile operators are doing so today, which means much work is still to be done to make every network secure and every subscriber safe’ said Nick Lane, Founder of Mobilesquared.

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Telefonica moves on IoT, blockchain integration

Telefonica made a move to combine IoT and blockchain technologies, as it looks to provide enterprises with a more secure means of tracking and verifying data gathered by sensors, and create Industry 4.0 systems.

In a statement, the operator explained its Telefonica Tech unit had teamed with IoT solutions provider Fibocom Wireless and blockchain start-up aitos.io to develop what they claimed was the world’s first 5G blockchain IoT module that can natively record information gathered by devices to blockchain networks.

Telefonica explained with forecasts the number of connected IoT devices would hit 55.7 billion in 2025, it is “critical” companies ensure the veracity of the information collected along with ensuring no tampering had occurred.

The collaboration initially involved a proof-of-concept to integrate aitos.io’s blockchain application and Fibocom’s 5G devices with Telefonica’s TrustOS platform. Following this, the companies were able to develop and deploy the IoT blockchain solution in a matter of weeks.

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The story of deal 13

Sinch CEO Oscar Werner tells Melanie Mingas how and why the firm got its foothold in India, and why the coming years will see more app dollars rerouted to messaging innovations

Sinch is no stranger to an acquisition. Founded on $10,000 in share capital and fully funded on cash flow, at the time of writing it had closed 14 deals since its 2015 IPO.

The strategy is simple: leverage new investments to acquire new capabilities, teams and markets, and continue the growth. It’s a strategy that slows for nothing, not even 2020, and it has seen Sinch scale to a point where it handles 110 billion mobile transactions a year.

“On average, that’s 10 to 15 transactions per mobile phone on the planet, per year,” says CEO Oscar Werner.
With a leading foothold already in the US, Europe and Latam, last year Sinch closed deal 13: one that took it into a new, mobile-first playing field, this time with a population of 1.3 billion.

“India is hyper competitive, and it is very fast growing. We truly believe that to operate well you need a strong local management, and processes need to be local, too. That is a key MO for us,” says Werner.

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Telenor looks closer to home for IoT business

Telenor is bringing together its domestic and international Internet of Things (IoT) operations under a single brand, the aptly named Telenor IoT.

Telenor IoT will encompass both the telco’s Nordic IoT portfolio and its global Telenor Connexion portfolio.

The Norwegian operator said that as well as unifying its IoT ops under a single umbrella, it is introducing a new operating model that will synchronise product development and improve tech support amongst other things, and will bring together its IoT workforce as a single 200-strong team.

“The new operating model reinforces our competitive edge and makes our product portfolio easier to buy for any customer searching for world class IoT operation and platform capabilities,” said Mats Lundquist, CEO of Telenor Connexion and manager of Telenor IoT, in a canned statement. “We are also getting scale benefits on new technology investments,” he said.

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