MEF Member news, November 20th

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News and announcements from MEF Members across the mobile ecosystem globally…

Bango announces that it has launched operator-billed payments for Google Play users with 9mobile in Nigeria. Through the 9mobile 9pay wallet, customers in Nigeria can pay for the wealth of media, games, apps and digital content in Google Play, with one-click, without the need to own a credit card or bank account.

Nigeria is one of the most mobile-centric countries in the world. The scale is enormous, with around 150 million subscribers, a penetration rate of over 80% (GSMA Intelligence, 2017), and more mobile internet users than any other African country (Business Insider, 2016).

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Global mobile news round-up, November 17th

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Find out the week’s top mobile stories from around the world. This week.. Black Friday set to be the biggest mobile shopping day ever, Android Pay launches in Brazil, Honda’s connected cars will communicate over 5G and much much more…

A new report from App Annie predicts that time spent doing mobile shopping via apps will grow 45 percent in the U.S. during the week of Black Friday, compared to the same time two years ago. The firm also expects revenue generated through apps to break new records this season, and says consumers will spend over 6 million hours shopping in the top 5 digital-first apps on Black Friday alone.

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Reflections on how mobile-first Africa is putting itself in the picture

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Last week MEF and its African membership arrived in Cape Town for the 20th conference. Here, MEF CEO Rimma Perelmuter, reflects on a week of uniquely African energy and optimism.

On the Cape Town waterfront is the new Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa. This spectacular building – a converted grain silo overlooking the Atlantic – has been open just a few weeks. Inside, the gallery offers a showcase of the very best of contemporary African art. The project is a clear testament to the growing confidence of the African continent and its uniquely diverse and powerful voices.

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Legal guide to global telecoms regulation + consumer trust

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The Global Legal Group (GLG), the independent, London-based legal market specialists has released its latest lnternational Comparative Legal Guide to Telecoms, Media & Internet Laws & Regulations in association with MEF.

MEF CEO Rimma Perelmuter has contributed one of three general chapters to the guide, exploring the work undertaken by MEF and its members in better understanding the role of consumer trust in the proliferation of mobile goods and services, and how recent and impending changes to regulations may affect the industry and how businesses need to think about personal data.

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Understanding the needs of the digital consumer

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VP of Marketing at MEF Member IMImobile Alexander Klose shares the findings of their new survey where they asked UK consumers for their thoughts on AI, Chatbots and Customer Service Automation, with surprising results.

When it comes to self-education to help shape customer service strategies and future investment, businesses often over-rely on the wrong type of sources: studies which limit their audience, and therefore their findings to contact centre and customer experience (CX) professionals.

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MEF Member news, November 13th

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

Business-to-business software-as-a-service platform appScatter Group confirmed the launch of the appScatter Android Software Developer Kit on Friday, with it now available to 25 million software developers on computer code hosting service GitHub. The firm said the SDK allowed developers to “conveniently integrate” in-app billing to multiple Android app stores worldwide, including Amazon, Bemobi, Samsung and the Google Play Store.

Read More awards – the winners

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The 2017 Awards Winners were announced this week.

MEF was pleased to support the awards and host the pan-African mobile and tech party at the Shimmy Beach Club in Cape Town, South Africa at the MEF Connects African Networking party. The Awards were supported by Boomplay Music, Africa Tech Summit Kigali, Basebone, BBM, and Mobile Monday South Africa (MOMO).

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Global Mobile news round-up, 10th November

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Global Mobile News round-up – This week.. Mobile phone tracking data ‘could replace census questions’ in the UK, how retail has the edge on mobile payments, Uber and rival apps join forces in Brazil to stem tide of regulation, Tencent could play a role redesigning Snapchat following $2B investment and much more.

Thousands of people have had their movements tracked by the Office for National Statistics to see if they can find out where they live and work.

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It’s time for Mobile Network Operators to take their piece of the mobile advertising pie

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Fred Martinent, Product Marketing Director at Gemalto envisions how mobile operator marketeers can take advantage of impending regulatory changes and the opportunities they will present to boost revenues from digital advertising – and how to convince management of your winning strategy.

Buzz…buzz…buzz…the shrill noise of your alarm clock wakes you with a jolt. You haphazardly reach over to press the snooze button but then you remember that today is D-Day.

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MEF Member news, 7th November

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News and announcements from MEF Members across the mobile ecosystem globally…

Telecommunications corporation Orange has launched its own bank, it was announced Thursday.
Orange said its mobile-based retail bank is available in France and offers customers current accounts, bank cards, overdraft lending, a free insurance package and a savings account.

“With Orange Bank, this is an important new chapter in our history: Orange is now also a bank. A 100 percent mobile-based bank that is dedicated to providing an incomparable user experience,” Stéphane Richard, chairman and chief executive of Orange, said in a statement Thursday.

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