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Executive Insights Series: Dirk Jungnickel, SVP Business Analytics, DU

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In the latest Executive Insights video, supported by Mahindra Comviva, we examine how operators can unlock the goldmine of customer data. Here, MEF talks to Dirk Jungnickel, SVP of business analytics at du, about using data insights to reduce churn, create targeted offers and improve network performance.

For three decades operators enjoyed fantastic organic growth. At first, people simply wanted phones to make calls. Then they graduated to smartphones with data connections so they could browse the web, look at maps, listen to music.

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Infobip: new use cases for direct carrier billing are everywhere

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From Spotify subscriptions to micro-loans, the potential for carrier billing is only limited by the market’s imagination. So says, Ante Ukalović, CEO of Centili – the DCB arm of Infobip. He talked to MEF Minute…Could micro-insurance be the catalyst that propels direct carrier billing to the next level?

Here’s a possible scenario. An insurance company sells a health or life policy to a citizen in a developing country. The insurer sends the forms through the post hoping the customer will fill and return them. Often, they don’t.

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Content lives! Basebone’s Michael Holmqvist on succeeding outside the app store

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Mobile entertainment portals disappeared when iTunes and Google Play came along, didn’t they? Absolutely not, says Michael Holmqvist, CEO of Basebone. He’s found a successful formula – and it’s ten years old this summer. He spoke to MEF Minute.

“In high growth markets, people don’t expect to get digital content for free. It’s different in Europe because of the ad culture. But in developing countries, they expect to pay.”

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SpotX Q&A: “Of course there can be 15 minute mobile video ads”

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If video is inevitable future of mobile advertising, why can’t there be long-form ads? There can, says SpotX’s Allen Klosowski. He talked to MEF Minute about what’s coming next for video advertising on the small screen…

In advertising, there are universal rules. Anyone who has studied the history of medium knows that. And one of the most important is this: Long copy is best. This might seem counter-intuitive. With short attention spans, surely it’s best to keep everything as brief as possible, right?

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Viacom: “Operators are the next wave of B2B content partners”

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Viacom was active in mobile content right from the get-go – working with carriers to monetise brands like MTV. A lot has changed since. Brands went direct. But now Viacom is teaming up with operators again. The company’s SVP Dan Reich explained why to MEF MInute…

“Our priority is to drive value for our content partners. And there’s no doubt that our next wave of partners is the mobile operators.”

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Back to the future: how voice could make operators rich again

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For all the impact of text and IM, people still talk on the phone. So is there a way to make money from voice with ads? Yes, says Calldorado’s Claudia Dreier-Poepperl. And operators are best placed to cash in…

What happened to voice?

People still speak to each other on the phone. But voice revenues have been on the decline for years. According to Statista, they peaked at $720bn in 2011.

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Executive Insights Series: Manny Teixeira, MTN

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In the latest instalment of MEF’s video series supported by Mahindra Comviva, we look at how operators in developing markets are managing the transition to new value added services. Manny Teixeira, group head of digital media and services at MTN, talks to us about the next phase…

Africa has begun its transition away from the feature phone to the smartphone.

According Analysys Mason’s Middle East and Africa regional research programme, the region’s smartphone sales will grow at a CAGR of 10.8 per cent between 2015 and 2020, from 63 million units to 105 million units. Smartphones will account for 62.4 per cent of all handset sales in the SSA region in 2020.

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UMG’s Ty Roberts: get ready for revolutionary new digital music products

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Ty Roberts is a Silicon Valley and record industry insider with a genuine love for both technology and music. Universal Music Group’s first-ever CTO shared his thoughts about the technological future of music with MEF Minute…
Ten years ago, when Sony Ericsson’s Walkman branded phones ruled the mobile music space, the handset maker launched a feature called SensMe. The aim was to generate track choices made on mood and emotion, rather than pitch and tempo.

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Executive Insights Series: Deon Liebenberg, Vodacom South Africa

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In the latest Executive Insight video supported by Mahindra Comviva, we look at the transformative potential of the Internet of Things in developing economies. Here, MEF talks to Deon Liebenberg, managing executive for the IoT at Vodacom.

He explains what’s need to make the market flourish, and how South Africa is leading the space.
Could the epidemic of car theft in South Africa be the unlikely catalyst for one of the world’s most advanced IoT markets?

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Why the time has come for sponsored mobile data

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The world’s smartphone users don’t want bits and bytes, says Syntonic CEO Gary Greenbaum. They want music, video and games. He talked to MEF Minute about this changing consumer mindset and Syntonic’s sponsored content models.

We live in an era of exploding demand for streaming video, on-demand music and connected gaming on mobile. But one factor limits the potential of this content market: the cost of data. Consumers are either concerned at the cost or they don’t understand data at all. After all, how many megabytes are there in 10 minutes of YouTube?

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