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Bananas, travel agents and a bunch of snowflakes: takeaways from #MWC18

By | Event Roundup, Featured Post, MWC18, Opinion

Did you buy a MWC t-shirt from the expo shop? Did you book an MWC tour? Did you wear a hat and gloves? Tim Green recalls the big news and the unexpected weirdness of MWC18…

To get the best out of Mobile World Congress you typically need three things: a sense of curiosity, business cards, energy drinks.

This year, you needed only one. A coat.

Yes, for the first time in living memory MWC was – as the Americans like to say – freaking freezing. For those of us from more Northerly regions, this was a shock. We go to Barcelona for spring sunshine not more of the same misery we get at home.

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MEF Connects #MWC18 in pictures

By | Event, Featured Post

Its been another busy week for the industry at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona where MEF hosted a series of networking events and member workshops, as well as the 16th annual MEF Connects MWC – we’ll be sharing all the highlights and analysis in coming weeks. For now, check out all the action from the party with photos supported by Kaleyra. For the second year running the University of Barcelona provided a beautiful backdrop to the networking highlight of the congress – see if you were caught on camera in our photo highlights below.

Thanks to all our partners ForgeRock, Syntonic, CLX Communications, Kaleyra, Infinite Convergence, Hungama and Telecoming.

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10 things you need to know about… Direct Carrier Billing

By | Carrier Billing, Featured Post

Basebone’s James McNab shares his top 10 tips and facts on direct carrier billing, following the recent announcement of a new dedicated platform focussing specifically on mobile payment solutions.

With the recent launch of Basebone Connects, Basebone has expanded its billing reach within the African continent, and is now able to offer mobile billing solutions to clients in Kenya and Nigeria, as well as its main market South Africa. Why is Basebone expanding its reach into the African Market through Direct Carrier Billing?

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MEF Events at MWC 2018

By | Event Roundup, Featured Post

Mobile World Congress is upon us once again, and with a busy schedule planned for Barcelona find out all the details of MEF hosted events throughout the week, including essential panels, leadership sessions and the infamous annual MEF Connects MWC party…

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Moving Beyond the Data Plan

By | Featured Post, Guest blog

Ahead of an exclusive panel at MWC examining the next generation of disruptive content services, Syntonic Co-Founder and CEO Gary Greenbaum here discusses the market opportunities for content solutions that allow consumers to experience the mobile internet beyond their data plan with unrestricted access to apps and content.

Today’s basic data plan is built around ‘megabytes’ and ‘gigabytes’ of data, however, the concept of data is fundamentally abstract and confusing for the consumer.

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Executive Insights: Carrier Billing Global Outlook & Opportunities – Grahame Riddell, Microsoft

By | Executive Interview, Featured Post

Microsoft is creating a single ‘store experience’ for all of its devices. It’s giving developers the option to write once for any device from tablet to 88 inch Surface Hub – and it believes direct carrier billing will be key to monetising this content post-sale. In a third exclusive DCB video supported by Bango, Grahame Riddell, Microsoft’s Director of Carrier Billing, explains why.

There’s a received wisdom that direct carrier billing is for spontaneous digital purchases only. Or for low-ticket items where a friction-free purchase really counts.

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Meet the new enterprise comms giant: Kaleyra

By | Executive Interview, Featured Post

In 2016, Ubiquity and Solutions Infini merged to become one of the world’s largest enterprise communications providers. Now, they have re-branded as Kaleyra. The companies’ CEOs Dario Calogero and Aniketh Jain talked to MEF about their ambitious project.

Nine years ago, a Bangalore-based start up Solutions Infini won its first deal. It started to send SMS notifications to the customers of a local lighting company.

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Foldable phones? F1 cars? VR moon landings? What to see at MWC 2018

By | Featured Post, MWC18, Opinion

Going to MWC? What can you expect apart from sore feet and sea food? Tim Green looks ahead to some of the possible highlights of this year’s mammoth event in Barcelona…

Ah, Mobile World Congress. The thrill of the packed commuter train ride from Espanya metro. The picket lines. The delicious frisson of having your passport checked. The lung-busting walk to Hall 8.

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Industry Views: A2P SMS & the blockchain startups

By | Featured Post, Industry Views

A new breed of fintech startups with an innovative business model are attempting to take advantage of customer’s unused, ‘limitless’ text message contracts, leveraging them as an integral part of blockchain ventures, allowing users to essentially resell messages that would be wasted.

From one perspective, such services make use of messages that would go otherwise unused to make some money for users, while providing useful services for other businesses and consumers.

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How TurnUp Music is upturning South Africa’s music scene…

By | Executive Interview, Featured Post, MEF Africa, MEFTV

Streaming music is taking over the world. But not in developing markets, where data is pricey and handsets are basic. As a result, piracy reigns. Here, Thabiet Allie explains why he built a legal alternative: TurnUp Music…

Piracy is annihilating Africa’s vibrant music scene, as it has the rest of the world. But whereas mature market users are learning to embrace services like Spotify and Deezer, Africa needs a different kind of remedy.

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