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PSD2 is here – are you ready?

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Following the launch of MEF guidelines on the Payment Services Directive (PSD2) and ahead of the new regulation coming into effect this Saturday the 13th January, CLX Communications’ Rob Malcolm outlines the key things you need to know about PSD2, what it hopes to achieve and what affect it is likely to have on those in the Messaging and Cloud Communications industry.

First, let’s qualify exactly who PSD2 will affect. As stated in the MEF guidelines, PSD2 covers all relevant stakeholders of the mobile payment ecosystem, including banks, payment processors, vendors, service providers, enterprise messaging providers and MNOs. So, it’s fair to say that it will be essential for those in our industry to pay attention.

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MEF Member interview – Telecoming

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Ten years ago, at the height of the financial crisis, Telecoming launched in Spain. It might have seemed a terrible time to start a a mobile billing company, but today Telecoming is flourishing all over the world. MEF spoke to the company’s COO Roberto Monge.

In October 2017, Telecoming closed a new content deal with Axiata Digital in Malaysia. The Spanish firm signed on to power multi-device mobile billing services for Axiata’s four million subscribers. It says it expects to invest $4m investment in the region over the next two years.

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What’s in store for the mobile ecosystem in 2018?

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It has been another eventful year in mobile, with innovations in smartphone and associated technologies continuing apace, from the explosion in AI chatbots and the rapid proliferation of smart, connected home devices to the continued digital transformation of the fintech sector.

MEF Members did a pretty good job of spotting the trends that would shape the mobile landscape in 2017, and we continue to see the impact and development of many of those technologies.

But what innovations will 2018 bring? Once again, we asked MEF members to give us their thoughts on the tech trends for the year ahead…

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MEF members at Africacom: BulkSMS

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After a period of uncertainly, the South African A2P market now offers stable pricing and a level playing field for aggregators, says Pieter Streicher, MD of BulkSMS.com.

He told MEF how the market is flourishing as a result.

Social media and messaging apps are hugely popular in South Africa. In fact, the country gave the world one of its first, when Mxit hit the big time. One of the reasons these apps have exploded is two factor authentication. Users can register with a text and, in so doing, there phone becomes the proof of their identity.

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How RealNetworks’ Kontxt aims to reinvigorate A2P messaging

By | Executive Interview, Featured Post, Messaging | No Comments

A2P messaging is on the up. It could grow even faster if the market could classify traffic and introduce tiered pricing. But how? In this exclusive video, Max Pellegrini, president of mobile services at RealNetworks, explains one approach…

Imagine if there was only one price for a plane ticket. Everything the same, no matter the leg room, the entertainment, the food, the boarding. It would be wasteful and inefficient for everyone. Passengers would wait around for longer. Airlines would miss out on a huge amount of revenue that customers would happily pay.

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Why we need an international identity and personal data Trust Mark online

By | Consumer Trust, Featured Post, Guest blog | No Comments

In this guest post, Founder and Executive Chairman of digi.me Julian Ranger discusses the concept of a trust framework for personal data, along with the potential for use of an internationally recognised symbol such as a kitemark.

The need for a trust framework to ratify who we can safely charge with holding even the most sensitive personal data from every area of our lives is becoming increasingly urgent.

As trust becomes the key consumer differentiator in an ever more data-driven and personalised world, how we identify those who will be good stewards of our digital identities has never been more important.

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5 minutes with… appScatter

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In our 5 minutes with profiles, MEF members talk about their business, their aspirations for the future and the wider mobile industry. This week, Marketing Director Simon Gannon introduces mobile app distribution specialist, appScatter.

appScatter distributes, manages and monitors mobile apps across multiple app stores worldwide. The platform offers unrivalled audience reach, efficient app management and centralised reporting. By distributing apps across the best app stores globally, brands, agencies and developers use appScatter to more effectively manage app portfolios and dramatically increase revenue.

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Executive Insights: Carrier Billing Global Outlook & Opportunities – Herman Singh, MTN Group

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How is ‘charge to bill’ powering Africa’s booming mobile commerce market? In a second exclusive carrier billing video supported by Bango, we hear the insights of Herman Singh, chief digital officer of MTN Group…

Africans love music and gaming. Ok, everyone loves music and gaming. But Africa is, of course, the mobile-first continent, so the way that its people consume entertainment has developed a little differently from the rest of the world. In short, the phone rules. But not necessarily the smartphone. And not necessarily apps.

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Executive Insights: Carrier Billing Global Outlook and Opportunities – Guillermo Escofet, Ovum

By | Carrier Billing, Executive Interview, Featured Post, Video | One Comment

In the first of an exclusive new video series supported by Bango, we examine the state of the carrier billing market. Here, Guillermo Escofet, principal analyst at Ovum, gives an overview of the space and explains its rapid growth since 2014…

Carrier billing is on a tear. After a period of stagnation, it is now growing faster than operator data income (by total transactional revenue). And by 2022, it will transact more than global SMS revenue.

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A2P messaging : RCS, Fraudulent Vendors and Data Security

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Waheed Adam, Chairman of iTouch Messaging, describes the challenges facing businesses using A2P SMS and the negative impact fraudulent messaging providers have on the industry, and the work being undertaken by MEF to educate the market.

SMS remains a reliable and accepted form of communication both by enterprise and consumer. Its position may have shifted when it comes to P2P communications, however it still remains number one when it comes to A2P messaging. A2P messaging is still growing on a global scale proving true that its use is still unlocking value in the market place.

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