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.

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

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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.

Member interview: Crazy4Media and the drive for a digital Andalusia

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Brit Tom Horsey has turned Crazy4Media into one of Spain’s leading mobile and digital specialists. Now, he wants to make Southern Spain a magnet for entrepreneurs and investors. He shared his vision with Tim Green…

Throughout history, Englishmen have travelled to Spain in search of adventure (and also sunshine).

Writer Laurie Lee ‘walked out one midsummer morning’ and didn’t stop till he reached Iberia. George Orwell joined the fight against Franco. More prosaically, Terry Venables won La Liga for Barcelona.

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Video: MEF members at Money 20/20 – Wirecard on the untapped magic of payment data

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At a basic level, payment data will reveal the things you purchased. But combine this with when you bought them, what the weather was like, what else you bought and so on, and a retailer can really start to understand its customers. At Money 20/20 last month, Wirecard launched a new service to crunch payment data. MEF talked to its EVP of mobile services Jörn Leogrande…

In the transition to digital commerce, all businesses are encouraged to think about data. Experts advise them to analyse everything a customer does in the lead up to a payment.

What does it mean to be Identity Native in a 5G World?

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Tim Barber, VP of Telecommunications & Media Industry at MEF Member ForgeRock discusses the potential of superfast 5G networks to affect the journey to becoming “Identity native” for brands and businesses, and how trust plays an essential role in the transition – as discussed in a new whitepaper, available to download now.

In a previous post I described an Identity Native organization as a company that has understood, either intuitively or by transformational design, that Identity needs to sit at the centre of everything in the digital world.

SMS turns 25 years old – find out why it’s still going strong

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SMS is the most successful communications platform of all time, connecting billions of people worldwide. Now SMS is 25 years old, Chief Evangelist Oisin Lunny of MEF Member OpenMarket takes a look back at its origins, and the developments that have shaped its phenomenal success.

From presidents to philanthropists, the humble text message has helped connect billions of people worldwide. In the process it’s transformed our work and social lives, and saved countless lives.

SMS can trace its origins back to 1984, when Friedhelm Hillebrand and Bernard Ghillebaert from the GSM Corporation first developed the concept of sending a short message (hence SMS – the short message service) to and from a mobile device. But it wasn’t until 1992, when the first text was sent, that we can say SMS was truly born.

How Mobile Fintech is creating engaging user experiences

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Rajeev Rajagopal, Senior VP – Enterprise Mobility at Robosoft Technologies here takes a detailed look at just a few of the mobile fintech products and services that are showing traditional banking how it should be done.

When it comes to financial services customer experience and the ease of doing transaction are of paramount importance to not just acquire customers but also to retain them. However, do traditional bank executives recognise this fact?

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.

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.

5 Minutes with… MYPINPAD

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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 David Poole introduces mobile authentication solution specialist MYPINPAD.

MYPINPAD is a technology company with a goal of delivering economic, scalable solutions to meet our clients’ diverse requirements for authentication and identity management.

The Company is managed by an alliance of leaders from the payments industry with a collective 100+ years’ experience spanning a wide spectrum of banking, security and payment technology.

5 minutes with… Atomite

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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, CEO and Founder Jon Fisse introduces Atomite.
What does Atomite do?

Atomite is a data privacy management (DPM) enterprise specifically designed to address regulatory mandates that B2C companies interested in redeploying their customers’ personal information for marketing, IoT or other alternative purposes should only do so after providing those customers with bona fide transparency, choice, consent rights and consideration.

5 minutes with… ForgeRock

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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, Vice President of Global Telecoms and Media Industry Tim Barber introduces ForgeRock.

ForgeRock is the Digital Identity Management company transforming the way organisations interact securely with customers, employees, devices, and things. Organisations adopt the ForgeRock Identity Platform as their digital identity system of record to monetise customer relationships, address stringent regulations for privacy and consent (GDPR, HIPAA, FCC privacy, etc.), and leverage the internet of things.

Key takeaways from MEF’s guide to digital consent in the personal data economy

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Clear informed consent is the key to ensuring consumers trust every digital transaction. It’s a critical issue – which is why MEF’s Global Consumer Trust Working Group has examined the issues in order to develop a free whitepaper on the subject. Here, we present some of the highlights.

In 2010, 7,500 people sold their souls to the UK retailer, GameStation. These unwitting customers had bought from the store and missed the “immortal soul clause” buried in the site’s terms and conditions. Thankfully, this was an April Fool’s joke and GameStation returned its harvested souls back to their rightful owners.

12 stats and facts that explore drivers for building consumer trust in mobile content and services

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In May 2018 the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be implemented. Consumers will be compelled to give permission before any of their data is collected by a company, and that data must be transferrable and deleted, or returned on request.

The regulation is a significant step in placing the consumer in control of who uses their data and how it is used. At the same time the business models of apps and services often rely on personal data to help monetise their offerings.

13 essential stats that frame the mobile market in Sub-Saharan Africa

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As a mobile first region, the growth in Africa is relentless.

Landmarks like registering its billionth mobile subscriber have already been passed and the systematic upgrading of mobile networks to 3G and 4G LTE is enabling a flourishing mobile ecosystem that, coupled with the declining cost of smartphones is helping to galvanise the African mobile economy.

Here we take a look at the recent market trends, analysis and forecasts that show how growth in the region is taking shape.

16 statistics that explore the issue of consumer trust in mobile

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High-profile data breaches and a growing consumer desire to know how user information is gathered, stored and brokered underlines just how central the issue of consumer trust is in mobile.

Supported by Mozilla and bics, MEF’s recently published Consumer Trust eBulletin explores these issues and offers insights on regulation, market stats, and via MEF’s white paper – Understanding the Personal Data Economy – a closer look at the idea that consumers can actively participate in how their personal data is used – a model premised on a value exchange that is built on trust and informed user consent.

On Device Research insight: the rise and rise of rewarded mobile video ads

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Video ads outscore all other formats by all measures of effectiveness – and none more so than ‘rewarded’ video ads. MEF Minute talked to market analyst On Device Research about the impact of this rising medium…

Facebook recently gave game developers a new ad option: rewarded video.

The logical reaction to this news from market watchers was: what took you so long?

Game of Phones, Deloitte’s African consumer survey

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Smartphones are not just a part of our lives, they are our lives.

That’s just one of the conclusions reached in Deloitte Africa’s recent consumer survey, Game of Phones.

Here Arun Babu, Partner in the Strategy & Operations practice of Deloitte Consulting in Africa and Telecommunications Leader looks more deeply at the survey results which indicate the primacy of smartphones in one of the world’s most interesting and dynamic markets.

Introducing MEF Insights Directory – a new industry channel

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Global Communications Manager Sam Hill shares details of a new industry platform for members and non-members alike, a curated database of current research, reports and whitepapers from across the mobile ecosystem.
While there is a wealth of useful material out there taking a deep-dive into the latest consumer insights, tech trends and buzzwords, finding current data or research on specific areas of interest can be time-consuming, and it can be easy to miss that essential data nugget you’re after.

18 statistics that explore the growth of mobile money

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MEF’s recently published Mobile Money Report supported by Wirecard, asked 6,000 consumers in nine countries about their usage and attitudes towards mobile payments. It paints a detailed picture of how mobile money is taking hold in both growth and established markets and is available to download here for free.

The study found that 78 per cent of us had made a purchase by mobile in the previous six months, which suggests that all but the most tech-phobic consumers have now embraced the m-commerce habit. That figure is a global average. There are of course differences at the country level. China for example is leading the charge. The study reveals 88% of China’s citizens currently make mobile transactions.

Below we’ve picked out 18 statistics from the report that track the use of mobile money around the world.

MEF members elect 19 board directors to champion industry engagement

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MEF has announced the results of its Global, EMEA and LatAm board elections for the 2017/2019 term following its AGM in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress last week.

19 executives representing the diversity of the global mobile ecosystem from mobile operators to companies at the forefront of mobile payments, messaging, personal data and content were elected to take forward MEF’s mandate.

Newly elected MEF Global Board highlights mobile industry diversity and collaboration

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MEF has announced the results of its Global Board elections for the 2015/2016 term following its AGM in London last week.

Candidates representing a variety of markets and sectors contested four seats on MEF’s Global Board, reflecting the organisation’s diverse membership as mobile becomes the primary technology for engaging consumers in growth and established markets

The newly elected and re-elected board directors are:

Smartphones in mobile-first markets: it’s complicated

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It’s one of the great truisms of the mobile industry: smartphone ownership is rocketing in developing markets. But is it true? Well, kind of but not really. At least according…

Interview: how Ola is building an ‘Uber for India’

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All over the world, ride-sharing apps are taking on powerful local taxi businesses. But in India, the situation is a little different: there are hardly any local firms to take…

The WhatsApp nation

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Rafael Pellon, MEF LatAm Board Member and partner at Focaccia, Amaral, Salvia, Pellon & Lamonica, here explores the ongoing issues surrounding the repeated blocking of hugely popular Whatsapp across Brazil, and the knock on effects this has had across the region and the mobile app ecosystem.

Almost a month since the 2nd wholesale blockage of WhatsApp in Brazil, Brazilians are starting to appreciate that WhatsApp has become nothing but essential.

MEF Connects Brazil in pictures

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MEF recently hosted its largest LatAm event to date: MEF Connects Brazil, held during Tela Viva Móvel, supported by Movile and Digital Virgo.

Over 130 senior executives from 60 companies representing the mobile ecosystem in Latin America got together for the business networking event.

We partnered with Tela Viva Móvel, the most relevant conference in Brazil for the mobile sector.

[Infographic] Mobile advertising in Brazil

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Brazil’s economic growth is well documented. It is a mobile first country with 50 per cent of all households using mobile as their primary means for communicating and getting online.

Today that’s a mix of feature phones and smartphones but by 2018, one third of the country is predicted to own a smartphone.

Mobile Ecosystem Forum elects new EMEA and LatAm boards

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Mobile Ecosystem Forum (MEF), is today announcing the results of its 2016 EMEA and LatAm board elections which took place during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last week.

As mobile continues its reign to become the primary channel to engage and transact with consumers…

MEF Connects Indonesia 2017 in pictures

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MEF recently hosted the third annual MEF Connects Indonesia in Jakarta in association with Indosat/Ooredoo. The event was supported by TIMWE Group and Bango. MEF Asia GM Linda Ruck shares highlights and photos from the night.
With a population fast approaching 260 million, Indonesia is the world’s fourth most populous country and the third-largest smartphone market in the Asia-Pacific region (following China and India). A mobile first nation, Indonesian’s love social media, with Facebook (fourth largest user base in the world), Instagram and Twitter ruling – while mobile money has made great progress, cash is still king.

Connecting the mobile first: Syniverse in China

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In our Spotlight interview, we learned how Syniverse approaches security and privacy in the brand/consumer relationship globally. But how does the global transaction processor approach doing business in the uniquely challenging Chinese market?

We spoke with Dave Ratner, President of Enterprise Solutions during GMIC Beijing about Syniverse’ business in China and how the company enables brands and enterprises to “connect, engage, interact and protect” its mobile first customers.

Doing business in China: MEFTV in Beijing

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We spoke to many of our members during this year’s GMIC Beijing about the challenges and opportunities of providing mobile services for the Chinese market.

Here are two more video interviews with members active in China, mobile messaging business, Twilio and law firm Dentons, who share their insights into what its like to do business in this challenging market.

How to succeed in China: highlights from MEF Connects Beijing

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You can’t succeed in China unless you have an unfair advantage. But if you do have one, the rewards are huge. That was the key take-away from experts at the recent MEF Connects China held during GMIC Beijing…

Thinking of expanding your business into China? Be careful. This is the advice from a VC that specialises in taking overseas companies into the region.

“95 per cent of companies do not belong here.”

Where to spend your travel marketing budget in 2016: mobile [Infographic]

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With summer holiday season fast approaching, it is time once again for travel marketers to focus their spending on the channels that matter – and for savvy professionals that means putting mobile at the centre of the mix.

This infographic from MDG Advertising notes the importance of mobile optimisation for any travel site, and the prevalence of mobile in booking and sharing among millenials. Worth noting too is the sheer increase in mobile search for travel categories across the board in 2015; hotel searches up 49 per cent, cruises, 49 per cent and airlines 33 per cent.

mHealth apps – are they secure? [infographic]

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55 percent of consumers expect their mobile health apps to be hacked within the next six months, according to a recent report from Arxan Technologies. Executive IT leaders (48%) who have oversight or insight into the security of the mobile healthcare and produce apps also share the same concerns.

Mobile financial services – bridges and barriers [infographic]

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Mobile financial services continue to push out in every direction. From simply sending money peer-to-peer through to in-built car technology that allows drivers to pay for petrol without leaving their vehicle. Its all going on.

This infographic from Ovum and Amdocs is the result of the findings from a survey of 8,500 mobile users across 17 markets and provides insight in to user behaviour and the barriers to entry in the mobile money sphere.

China’s FinTech revolution [infographic]

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In 1997, Bill Gates said, “We need banking but we don’t need banks.”

In other words its the FinTech services that support the ways in which consumers and businesses transact that are paving the way forward. For most, mobile devices are the centrepiece of the disruption and with that disruption, investment is following.

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.

Cool, Creepy or Dangerous? 5 Key Lessons from the IAPP ANZ Summit

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Senior Customer Success Manager Linden Dawson shares her takeaways from the International Association of Privacy Professionals ANZ Summit in Sydney, and how marketers can stay on the right side of the “creepy line” when personalising advertising.

Privacy and the “creepy line” were hot topics of discussion last week at the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) ANZ Summit held in Sydney. We’re all familiar with the creepy factor online at this point; we’ve all searched for a pair of shoes or a piece of furniture only to be stalked around the Internet for the next few days with banners for those items showing up on website after website.

12 more stats exploring consumer attitudes to the personal data economy

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Just as smartphones have upped the ante on what can be achieved in terms of content, services and customer interactivity, the accessibility, importance and value of mobile user data has snowballed. Businesses now build commercial strategies based on hundreds of points of measurement or data-capture – the personal data economy.

In tandem, the forthcoming (May 2018) EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) expands the personal data rights of EU citizens.

Empowering real consumers in the personal data maze – #MyData2017

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At the end of last month the 2nd MyData event took place. It was an ambitious 2-city location (Tallinn and Helsinki) complete with a boat trip and even a track choosing game to help delegates navigate the complexities (in case it wasn’t complicated enough!).

Here’s some of the highlights by COO Joanne Lacey, MEF’s speaker at the event which brings together a passionate community of developers, researchers, Government agencies and businesses looking to build a more human-centric approach to personal data.

Industry views: New mobile tech and trends

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Recent hardware releases from some of the most influential players in the mobile ecosystem have introduced the latest wave of mobile and IoT technology with some eye catching features focusing on privacy, security and new ways for consumer’s to use their phones.

Google unveiled their 2nd generation of Pixel phones as well as a host of smart home hardware and peripherals just weeks after Apple’s annual event where they showed off the iPhone 8 and iPhone X and a new sim-ready watch. There was also a major hardware push from Amazon with a newly updated range of connected smart-home accessories.

We asked MEF Members for their thoughts on the new hardware and strategies – here’s what they said.

Industry views – ransomware attacks and lessons to be learnt

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Last week’s ransomware attacks were aimed at vulnerabilities typical of big enterprises and government bodies, but the true impact was felt by consumers – cancelled trains in Germany, people forced to pay cash for petrol in China, missed hospital appointments in the UK, the list goes on, with poor user experience and damaging trust the result.

While the WannaCry attack was upon a very specific desktop vulnerability, the possibility of similar attacks on other operating systems, the media coverage and the effect on consumer’s perception of digital safety are lessons to be learnt. We asked what can mobile tech industries can do to better prepare for similar attacks and protect consumers…

Industry Views: AI, chatbots and banking

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Accenture’s 2017 Banking Technology Vision report explores the role of AI in banking and customer engagement. It found that 78 per cent of bankers believe AI will revolutionise the way banks gather information and interact with customers.

One of the key advantages highlighted was that whilst AI is increasingly automating customer interaction, it is also providing a more personalised experience.

Chatbots for example are increasingly used by banks to handle routine enquiries and represent a more personalised experience than visiting the modern day substitute for branch banking, a website or app, where customers interact with layers of screens and drop-down menus instead of a person.

Industry views: MWC 2017 the trends, announcements and technology

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Another Mobile World Congress is over. There was more of everything this year. More visitors (108,000 up 7% on 2016), more exhibitors, more keynotes and more announcements made. It can get very noisy.

But in amongst the noise the important technology trends emerged, trends that will shape the mobile ecosystem going forward.

Video: MEF members at Money 20/20 – Infinite Convergence on the value of secure messaging

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Secure messaging is critically important for any enterprise with sensitive information to protect. Infinite Convergence developed the NetSfere app to give enterprise employees safe messaging that’s also fun to use. MEF Minute spoke to the firm at Money 20/20 last month.

Around a decade ago, digital technology and the smartphone changed the workplace. Gradually, people stopped using their company desktops and laptops exclusively for work, and began to do business from their own mobile devices.

Video: MEF members at Money 20/20 – Ubiquity on messaging for banks and beyond…

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Messaging giant Ubiquity works closely with banks in its native Italy. But the company has ambitions beyond financial services. In this video from Money 20/20, MEF talked to Ubiquity’s VP of growth Daniel Mensi…

In the early part of the decade, Italian banks answered the call from customers to go mobile. They started to send notifications about transfers, account balances and so on direct to people’s phones.

iTouch Messaging : MEMS is a rich-media messaging platform, for Africa too

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Waheed Adam, Chairman of iTouch Messaging, describes a rich-media messaging solution tailored to the African markets and describes the unique challenges and solutions facing businesses bringing these services to the region.

While Africa faces many technological challenges in terms of bandwidth and stable/affordable data and internet rates/services, improvements are being made and the technology ecosystem is getting better.

What’s next for enterprise messaging? CLX’s Robert Gerstmann discusses RCS

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Just a few days before Mobile World Congress, Google announced plans to integrate RCS messaging in to new Android handsets. 27 mobile carriers and OEMs have agreed to make it their default-messaging app so that the newly christened ‘Android Messages’ will become a native feature of Android devices going forward.

Here, MEF member, Robert Gerstmann, MD for CLX Communications discusses the significance of the Google RCS announcement.

Robert also caught up with MEF TV at Mobile World Congress. See his thoughts from the show floor in the video below.

MEF Member news, December 11th

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Get the latest announcements from MEF Members across the mobile ecosystem globally in this weekly review of member news… Only a week out of beta, Microsoft’s Edge browser has already made significant ground in the Google Play Store, passing 1 million downloads. With this traction, Edge shot up the rankings to 3rd place in the ‘top free communication’ rankings in Google Play.

While its download numbers still lag far behind the behemoths of Chrome and Firefox, Edge’s unique feature-set may be able to help it gain more ground in the coming months and years.

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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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Global mobile news roundup, December 8th

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This week.. Instagram experiments with a standalone messaging apps, Pinterest integrates deeper with Facebook, Google makes a play for mobile Internet market in India and much more…

It happened to Facebook, and now it’s happening to Instagram. Today, the Zuckerberg empire is launching a standalone messaging app for Instagram called Direct. As The Verge reports, it’s technically a test and will only be available in six markets — Chile, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Turkey and Uruguay.

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What does it mean to be Identity Native in a 5G World?

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Tim Barber, VP of Telecommunications & Media Industry at MEF Member ForgeRock discusses the potential of superfast 5G networks to affect the journey to becoming “Identity native” for brands and businesses, and how trust plays an essential role in the transition – as discussed in a new whitepaper, available to download now.

In a previous post I described an Identity Native organization as a company that has understood, either intuitively or by transformational design, that Identity needs to sit at the centre of everything in the digital world.

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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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SMS turns 25 years old – find out why it’s still going strong

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SMS is the most successful communications platform of all time, connecting billions of people worldwide. Now SMS is 25 years old, Chief Evangelist Oisin Lunny of MEF Member OpenMarket takes a look back at its origins, and the developments that have shaped its phenomenal success.

From presidents to philanthropists, the humble text message has helped connect billions of people worldwide. In the process it’s transformed our work and social lives, and saved countless lives.

SMS can trace its origins back to 1984, when Friedhelm Hillebrand and Bernard Ghillebaert from the GSM Corporation first developed the concept of sending a short message (hence SMS – the short message service) to and from a mobile device. But it wasn’t until 1992, when the first text was sent, that we can say SMS was truly born.

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MEF Member news, December 4th

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

RealNetworks has announced the launch of Kontxt, a platform that enables the management of next-generation messaging on mobile networks.

Kontxt allows operators to provide an improved messaging service for its users through the following product features: it reliably blocks spam and other unwanted messages…

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Global mobile news round-up December 1st

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Find out the week’s top mobile stories from around the world. This week.. Google faces mass legal action in UK over data snooping, WeChat’s entertainment empire, Black Friday & mobile, China to Become World Leader in 5G… and much more.

Google is being taken to court, accused of collecting the personal data of millions of users, in the first mass legal action of its kind in the UK.

It focuses on allegations that Google unlawfully harvested information from 5.4 million UK users by bypassing privacy settings on their iPhones.

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

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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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MEF’s PSD2 Guidelines 2017: Impact on the mobile ecosystem

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MEF’s PSD2 Guidelines are designed to give help all relevant stakeholders of the mobile payment ecosystem, including banks, payment processors, vendors, service providers and MNOs.
The guidelines were originally published in late 2015, when the Payment Services Directive (PSD2) was coming into force in January 2016.

With the deadline of 13th January 2018 looming for all member states to implement the regulation, the guidelines have been fully updated by MEF member Preiskel & Co and supported by CLX Communications, founding members of the Future of Messaging Programme, to provide a fully comprehensive update on this key regulation impacting the mobile ecosystem.

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