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Infobip and Nokia partner to enable developers to build wider array of telco network powered applications faster

Vodnjan, Croatia, May 2, 2024 – Infobip, the global cloud communications platform, and Nokia today announced a partnering agreement that will enable the global developer community to leverage both companies’ Application Programmable Interface (API) platforms in order to build a wider array of telco network powered applications faster for consumer, enterprise, and industrial customers.

Infobip’s market-leading cloud Communications Platform as a Service (CPaaS) provides developers with APIs for integrating real-time omnichannel communications features such as SMS, voice, video, chat apps, and network APIs into their applications. Nokia’s Network as Code platform with developer portal offers developers APIs for tapping into 5G network capabilities like quality of service (QoS) on demand, device location precision and network slicing, as well as 4G capabilities.

Matija Ražem, VP of Business Development at Infobip: “This agreement with Nokia further demonstrates how Infobip is helping telcos deliver new services and gain new revenue. We will continue to build and offer additional CAMARA-compliant APIs worldwide, working closely with our telco partners to expose customer experience friendly APIs to developers It is testament to our global market-leading CPaaS position, strong developer relations and history of strategic telco collaborations. These are essential to increase the potential for a successful collaboration and faster time to revenue.”

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Today’s Digital Age Calls for Increased Protection of the Phone Number, says iconectiv

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – May 2, 2024 –  The market size for global digital identity solutions reached USD 27.51 billion in 2022 with projections indicating a steady expansion at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17.2% from 2023 to 2030, and for good reason: With modern society’s digital transformation, the spotlight on protecting and verifying the digital identity has intensified since individuals’ personas are increasingly intertwined with their online presence. Digital identity is the focus of the newly released iconectiv Market Brief: Instantly confirm the identity of mobile numbers for financial services, health care and e-commerce transactions.

Encompassing the information and unique attributes of an individual in the online world, a digital identity includes personal data such as physical addresses, IP addresses, biometrics and phone numbers, which are often used for authentication and verification purposes. With mobile phone numbers becoming the primary source of identity for billions of people, they stand out as a ubiquitous and indispensable element of modern identity verification.

“People conduct the lion’s share of their personal and professional activities in the digital realm – from making purchases to handling financial transactions to accessing healthcare and other services online,” said Peter Ford, Executive Vice President, iconectiv. “As a result, phone numbers are more than just a string of digits. They represent a vital aspect of one’s digital identity that must be given the highest level of attention and protection.”

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Four Out of Five Americans Believe Passwords Do Not Secure Access to Banking and Government Digital Services

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Four out of five (79%) Americans believe there must be a more secure solution than passwords to access important sites like banking and government services. Facial biometrics has emerged as the front-runner to replace passwords, with seven in ten Americans stating that they are likely to use it to verify their identity at financial institutions and for government websites provided clear assurances can be given on how their data is used and stored. That’s according to a new independent survey of 2,000 US consumers published today by iProov, a leading provider of science-based biometric identity solutions.

As more high-value consumer services are delivered online, evidence of Americans’ concerns over the security of how they access these services has grown. Seven in ten (70%) Americans no longer trust passwords to verify their identity online and believe a more reliable solution is needed. These fears are well-founded and have costly implications: according to FBI data, their Internet Crime Complaint Center logged a record number of consumer complaints in 2023, with potential losses exceeding $12.5 billion. The iProov Biometric Pulse Survey sought to better understand Americans’ changing perceptions toward how to securely verify a person’s identity online and their comfort level with passwordless authentication methods like biometric facial verification.

“Facial biometrics are unique in their ability to provide equal levels of security and user convenience, frustrating would-be fraudsters while delighting authorized users. Unlike many security technologies, facial biometrics can be used throughout the user lifecyle, including initial remote onboarding to authentication at appropriate intervals,” said Ajay Amlani, SVP, Head of Americas, iProov. “It is time for government and commercial enterprises to give their users a modern, passwordless solution that conveniently delivers high levels of security combined with the assurance of personal privacy.”

Operators to Invest Over $200 Billion Globally in Cloud Network Services Over the Next Four Years to Meet Demand for Cellular Data

Basingstoke, UK – 7th May 2024: A new study by Juniper Research, the foremost experts in telecommunications, found operators will invest $26 billion in cloud services in 2024, with expenditure growing to $65 billion in 2028.

Telecommunications cloud refers to the implementation of cloud technology, services, and architecture into operator core networks, with this centralisation enabling operators to develop automated network management systems.

Additionally, the report predicts that cloud technologies will be instrumental in enabling operators to achieve sustainability targets. Operators will use machine learning to automate network management; reducing power to network elements when user demand is low.

Research author Alex Webb remarked: “Telecommunications networks are becoming more complex; requiring increasingly automated network management systems. However, operators must insulate mission-critical traffic when reducing power, to guarantee quality of service for enterprises.”

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Washington, DC-based Mindshare Selects Rebekah Johnson for its 2024 Cohort

McLean, VA—May 1, 2024—Numeracle, Inc., (“Numeracle”) the pioneer of Verified Identity and Entity Identity Management for Communications, is proud to announce its inclusion in Mindshare, an exclusive organization designed especially for founders and CEOs of the innovative, disruptive companies in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

Founded in 1997 with the mission to help founders and CEOs build long-term, sustainable companies, Mindshare connects select, handpicked founders and CEOs from some of the area’s hottest emerging companies, ultimately creating growth opportunities, and fostering collaboration in a collegial environment.

“As a female founder, I understand the need for diverse perspectives and collaboration to drive meaningful change and foster both inclusive and rapid growth in an industry such as telecom,” said Rebekah Johnson, founder & CEO, Numeracle. “A trusted network of peers, advisors, and mentors like Mindshare’s acts as another advocate to Numeracle as we navigate the complexities that come with being first to market and disrupting the communications and identity landscape on a global scale.”

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