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MEF Africa Roundtable – Securing Africa’s sustainable growth

| Africa, MEF Webinars & Workshops, Mobile Content | No Comments
MEF Advisor Ross Flynn share an overview from the recent MEF events in Cape Town, held during the annual AfricaCom event which returned to an in-person conference for the first time in two years. It’s hard to believe it’s already been two weeks since the leading lights of business messaging,…

MEF USA Keynote: A new Approach to Messaging Regulation – with Ajit Pai

| MEF Webinars & Workshops, Regulation | No Comments
At MEF CONNECTS USA this year the keynote address was delivered by former chairman of the FCC Ajit Pai, who spoke at length with TJ Thinakaran on his time at the FCC, digital divides, net neutrality and the history of regulation around digital services in the US. The whole of…

MEF Africa Meet Up & Roundtable

| Africa, MEF Webinars & Workshops, Mobile Content | No Comments
MEF Advisor Ross Flynn share an overview from the recent MEF events in Cape Town, held during the annual AfricaCom event which returned to an in-person conference for the first time in two years. AfricaCom, the Africa Tech Festival, is the largest digital infrastructure event in Africa and after years…

MEF CONNECTS USA review – Trends in North American Business Messaging

| MEF Webinars & Workshops, Regulation | No Comments
The messaging industry met in Las Vegas for MEF CONNECTS USA and it turns out there is a big agenda emerging from fraud prevention, the future of RCS and OTT messages, the revival of MMS and SMS, and the overall regulatory framework for messaging. Join TJ. and Dario for a…

Blockchain podcast: Facebook in Crypto – what’s the new, new plan?

| Blockchain, Mobile Payments, Podcasts | No Comments
MEF’s series of Blockchain Podcasts continues with MEF CEO Dario Betti and Blockchain advisor Daniele Mensi’s regular discussions on the latest impact and innovations in blockchain in the ecosystem. Facebook’s blockchain project has changed again. In the third podcast episode dedicated to Libra’s story Daniele Mensi and Dario Betti discuss…

Blockchain podcast: Has crypto gone mainstream?

| Blockchain, Mobile Payments, Podcasts | No Comments
MEF’s series of Blockchain Podcasts continues with MEF CEO Dario Betti and Blockchain advisor Daniele Mensi’s regular discussions on the latest impact and innovations in blockchain in the ecosystem. This week: 100 million users are using cryptocurrency right now, is the crypto world finally turning into a mass-market payment system?…

Blockchain podcast: Fan Tokens and NFT

| Carrier Billing, Mobile Payments, Podcasts | No Comments
MEF’s series of Blockchain Podcasts continues with MEF CEO Dario Betti and Blockchain advisor Daniele Mensi’s regular discussions on the latest impact and innovations in blockchain in the ecosystem. This week: If you are a media, sports, or art company you should probably pay attention to the new way to…

Blockchain podcast: Coinbase

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MEF’s series of Blockchain Podcasts continues with MEF CEO Dario Betti and Blockchain advisor Daniele Mensi’s regular discussions on the latest impact and innovations in blockchain in the ecosystem. This week: Coinbase. Cryptocurrency broker Coinbase’s listing on the NASDAQ for $76 billion was a step towards legitimacy for the world…

5 Minutes with… TeleWhale

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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, Business Development Manager Alena Korkina and Commercial Director Sam Kraehenbuehi introduces Telecommunication & IT Service Provider TeleWhale. TeleWhale Ltd. is a rising firm aiming evermore to…

5 Minutes with… BNG Advanced Mobile Solutions

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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 Atul Madan introduces telco solutions specialists BlackNgreen – BNG Advanced Mobile Solutions Pvt Ltd. BNG Advanced Mobile Solutions Pvt Ltd. is providing next-gen telecom solutions…

5 Minutes with… TelQ Telecom

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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 Oleg Makarov introduces SMS quality assurance specialists TelQ Telecom. TelQ Telecom is a full end-to-end SMS delivery testing service that allows companies to identify Fake…

Interview: Nick Mothershaw, Chief Identity Strategist, Open Identity Exchange

| Digital Identity, Interviews, MEFTV, Personal Data | No Comments
The world is finally getting to grips with digital identity. Governments and tech providers are building innovative solutions. How do these ideas work? How are they different? Can they work together? The Open Identity Exchange was set up to answer these questions. In an exclusive interview, MEF Features Editor Tim…

Personal Data Regulations: Illuminating The Internet & Data Triad and The Transplant Effect

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Michael Becker speaks with Justin Bryant, a Stanford J.D. and Schwarzman Scholar to discuss how the world views and takes action on personal data regulations. They review the landscape of global data regulations and the “The Internet & Data Triad,” i.e., the three philosophies driving personal data regulation. They also…

Is it rude to ask your age? Actually no. It is a legal requirement. October 20, 2022 MEF Webinar Re-Cap

| Digital Identity, Personal Data, Privacy | No Comments
Michael Becker, on October 20, 2022, was joined by Iain Corby of the Association of Age Verification Professionals, Dr. Rachel O’Connell of TrustElevate, Breno Pilar of IPIfication, and Keith Mabbitt of OneID for the MEF Webinar “Is it rude to ask your age? Actually no. It is a legal requirement.”…

How Mobile Authentication Can Help Protect Kids and The Vulnerable

| Digital Identity, Personal Data | No Comments
Michael Becker sat down with Breno Pilar at IPification, a mobile authentication solutions provider, to discuss his views on how mobile authentication can be used to protect vulnerable populations, especially children, as they use the Internet and Internet-powered services. Properly implemented, Breno asserts that mobile authentication can improve security, protect…

The Future Is Here: Putting People in Control of Their Identity with Self-Sovereign Identity

| Digital Identity, Personal Data | No Comments
Michael Becker Interviewed Drummond Reed, Chief Trust Officer at Evernym, an Avast company. They discussed the future of the personal data and identity marketplace. In this marketplace, the data subject – you, me, the individual, private and public institutions – will soon be in control of their personal data and…

Need-to-know: 10 takeaways on PIX instant payments in Brazil

| Industry Views, MEF Global, MEF LatAm, Mobile Payments | No Comments
PIX is an instant payment ecosystem launched in Brazil October 2020 which in one year of use has managed to exceed 110m users. To understand more, we spoke to Valter Pinheiro, Head of PIX and Digital Cash at Itaú, one of Brazil’s biggest banks, to share his view on what’s…

New whitepaper: Business SMS, SIM Farms and the Data Protection Risk

| Enterprise Communications, Industry Views, Personal Data | No Comments
MEF’s Future of Messaging Programme was founded in 2015 to align best practices and sustain business messaging as a trusted channel for businesses to communicate with their customers. As new business communications channels evolve, SMS remains key thanks to its ubiquity. However, use of unauthorised routes such as SIM Farms…

New whitepaper: Combatting Fraud in Mobile Content

| DCB growth, Industry Views, Mobile Content | No Comments
Wherever there are digital transactions, there is the risk of fraud. Mobile content is no exception, with ever-evolving methods to defraud customers, mobile content providers, payment aggregators and MNOs. All stakeholders must be aware of the fraud types and their differing impacts in order to align on best practice, limit…

Covid-19 may reduce short term IoT revenues but will it create new opportunities?

| Industry Views, Internet of Things | No Comments
Before the virus had an impact globally, we were seeing growth in IoT of up to 20% per year. Enterprises could see the clear value of IoT applications and adoption was on the increase. There was significant market potential and a high degree of confidence that 25m global IoT connections…

The Metaverse: A Driver of Real Change for People with Disabilities

| Internet of Things, MEF Data | No Comments
In a previous report we addressed the market for People With Disabilities (PWD) alongside their requirements and the role that technology can play in bringing them into the digital economy. What is evident, as we delve deeper into the topic, is that PWDs aren’t the only groups to be excluded…

Enterprise IoT 2022: Organisational Drivers, Plans and Supplier Opportunities

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MEF Programme Director for IoT Nassia Skoulikariti shares an overview of the latest white paper to be produced by the MEF IoT Programme, the 2022 Enterprise Survey, looking in depth at organisational drivers, plans and supplier opportunities for the global IoT market. We’re pleased to introduce this year’s Enterprise IoT…

IoT Market Report 2022

| Internet of Things, MEF Data | No Comments
The 2022 Internet of Things (IoT) Market Report is a survey of global enterprises with a goal to better understand how organizations are using or plan to use the Internet of Things (IoT), and to identify the key challenges, priorities, and opportunities. Senior executives from 270 organizations were surveyed. The…

RCS Charging Models

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Of all the A2P channels to choose, there isn’t one that drives engagement quite like RCS. Enterprises are beginning to realise this. This is especially evident we comparing RCS to its distant cousin, the email, which remains the most popular channel for businesses trying to reach consumer. The simple fact…

5 Minutes with… TeleWhale

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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, Business Development Manager Alena Korkina and Commercial Director Sam Kraehenbuehi introduces Telecommunication & IT Service Provider TeleWhale. TeleWhale Ltd. is a rising firm aiming evermore to…

5 Minutes with… BNG Advanced Mobile Solutions

| 5 minutes with, Interviews | No Comments
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 Atul Madan introduces telco solutions specialists BlackNgreen – BNG Advanced Mobile Solutions Pvt Ltd. BNG Advanced Mobile Solutions Pvt Ltd. is providing next-gen telecom solutions…

5 Minutes with… TelQ Telecom

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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 Oleg Makarov introduces SMS quality assurance specialists TelQ Telecom. TelQ Telecom is a full end-to-end SMS delivery testing service that allows companies to identify Fake…

5 Minutes with… Alchemy Telco

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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, President and CFO Kim Buller introduces Alchemy Telco. Alchemy Telco is a self stacking CPaaS – “communication platform as a service”. We create platforms and products…

5 Telco Technology Trends for 2023

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Globe Teleservices’ Ashutosh Agrawal looks ahead to 2023 and beyond to share his thoughts on the developing trends in the telecoms tech space; what will happen in regulation, new technologies and business models – read on to find out. Big tech companies are investing billions of dollars into the latest…

Upstream Continues Mobile Marketing Momentum

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The martech expert has been transforming its business and has swiftly responded to the growing demand for digital services, following the pandemic. During the first three quarters of the year, Upstream has seen revenues from its mobile marketing platform, Grow, launched in 2021, rising by more than 22%. Revenues from…

Aligning the 3 Pillars of the Personal Data and Identity Marketplace

| Guest blog, Personal Data | No Comments
Michael Becker, MEF PD&I Working Group Chair​ discusses the intersection of privacy, security, and compliance to build and maintain trust between society and industry. For industry and society to function effectively, we need trust: “to have and maintain confidence in the honesty of another (an individual, system, service, or process)…

MEF CONNECTS USA: Messaging is a big industry but a small world

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MEF Advisor TJ Thinakaran, CEO & Founder of CasselRoad looks ahead to MEF CONNECTS USA in Vegas this month, where MEF Members will gather during MWC LAs Vegas, to discuss a range of mobile topics and ecosystems in the Nevada desert. Messaging is a big industry but a small world.…
AfricaMEF Webinars & WorkshopsMobile Content

MEF Africa Meet Up & Roundtable

MEF Advisor Ross Flynn share an overview from the recent MEF events in Cape Town, held during the annual AfricaCom event which returned to an in-person conference for the first time in two years. AfricaCom, the Africa Tech Festival, is the largest digital infrastructure event in Africa and after years…
Sam Hill
November 15, 2022
MEF Member News round-up

MEF Member news round-up, November 14th

Get the latest announcements from MEF Members across the mobile ecosystem globally in this weekly review of member news… The leading global provider of mobile authentication, user verification and fraud prevention solutions, IPification, has just been ISO/IEC 27001 certified by the International Organization for Standardization. This certificate further adds to…
Sam Hill
November 14, 2022
News Roundup

Global Mobile News round-up, November 11th

Find out the week’s top mobile stories from around the world. Stories this week include… Can an $8 Twitter subscription bail out Elon Musk? TikTok Users Are Bleeding Data, Survey finds UAE e-Commerce Highly Dependent on Mobile and much more… Elon Musk needs to make money…and fast. And he’s eyeing…
Sam Hill
November 11, 2022
Event Roundup

MEF Meetup & Roundtable South Africa – in pictures

MEF Members are gathered in Cape Town this week for AfricaCom, and for a trio of MEF events, including networking meetups and a full day of expert guest speakers and panels at the MEF Roundtable. The Roundtable event will be available to watch online soon – we’ll take a closer…
Sam Hill
November 9, 2022
MEF Member News round-up

MEF Member news round-up, November 7th

Get the latest announcements from MEF Members across the mobile ecosystem globally in this weekly review of member news… Enterprises deploying private networks set to benefit from software agent to automate IoT SIM and eSIM connectivity into and out of their network. International connectivity and global IoT enabler BICS has…
Sam Hill
November 7, 2022
Enterprise CommunicationsMEF Webinars & Workshops

Does RCS need Apple?

Michael Power, Founder & CEO of Engage Mobile and Doug Makishima, CSMO of Summit Tech discuss the importance of interoperability across messaging platforms, and ask a fundamental question regarding RCS – does it need Apple to get on board in order to succeed..? The short answer is No. Controversial? Great,…
Sam Hill
November 4, 2022
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