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People With Disability: a hidden market of over a billion you should consider

| MEF Webinars & Workshops | No Comments
MEF, in association with Lewis Insights & Syncwords, recently hosted a special roundtable discussion on the key findings from the new report: The Hidden Segment – The World’s disabled billion. Report Author and host of the roundtable Chris Lewis shares his top takeaways from the discussion, which saw a panel…

RCS Webinar with Syniverse: Monetizing an engaging new secure channel

| Enterprise Communications, MEF Webinars & Workshops | No Comments
In a recent webinar with MEF, Syniverse’s rich communications services (RCS) subject matter experts Chris Wright, Vice President of Product Management; Mike Carnes, Senior Product Manager; and Krista Wilson, Senior Emerging Product Manager; shared insights into this evolving, growing technology. From the adoption of RCS to the monetization, the webinar…

MEF Connects Digital Transformation On Demand – Three messaging conversations

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MEF Features Editor Tim Green introduces a trio of conversations shared during MEF Connects Digital Transformation, in which he discusses three different aspects of the messaging ecosystem and mobile commerce. Florian Lictwald of Zeotap explains a new form of user tracking that does not infringe privacy or Apple’s new stricter…

MEF Connects Digital Transformation On Demand – Mobile Payments in Africa

| Africa, MEF Webinars & Workshops, Mobile Payments | No Comments
Anzelle Robertson of Sam Media moderates a panel held during MEF Connects Digital Transformation on the topic of mobile payments in Africa -  looking at the past, present and future of mobile transactions and e-commerce across the continent, focusing on mobile wallets, telco led mobile money wallets and direct carrier…

Blockchain podcast: Has crypto gone mainstream?

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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: 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

| 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: Coinbase. Cryptocurrency broker Coinbase’s listing on the NASDAQ for $76 billion was a step towards legitimacy for the world…

Blockchain podcast: Digital Games – can Blockchain challenge Direct Carrier Billing payments?

| Carrier Billing, Mobile Payments, Podcasts | No Comments
This week: Digital gaming and payments. There is a lot of interest in new payment systems for games on mobile, with discussion on app store charges shedding more light on some of the newer alternatives. Can Blockchain crypto-currencies become a replacement for making payments in games?

MEF 1:1s – Messente

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Chief Connectivity Officer of Messente Uku Tomikas speaks with MEF Director of Programmes James Williams about the history and future of their business and what motivated them to join the Mobile Ecosystem Forum, and why participating in the Business SMS Code of Conduct is so well aligned with their company…

5 Minutes with… SMSPortal

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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 Charles Stretch introduces multichannel communication specialist SMSPortal. We are Africa’s largest cloud communications platform specialising in Application to Peer/Person (A2P) messaging. Our API creates an…

5 Minutes with… IPification

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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 Stefan Kostić introduces mobile authentication experts IPification. IPification is building the backbone for mobile authentication of today and tomorrow: authentication that is secure, and seamless…

MEF 1:1s – VOX CARRIER

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Founder & CEO of VOX CARRIER (Technologies) Ehsan Ahmadi speaks with MEF Director of Programmes James Williams about their business and what motivated them to join the Mobile Ecosystem Forum, as well as take an active role in the Business SMS Code of Conduct and becoming a founding member of…

The success of the Italian Digital Identity Scheme in achieving mass adoption – SPID

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Across the globe, there are a growing number of digital identity schemes that are becoming role models in how to deploy a service nationally. This paper explores the digital identity scheme in Italy – SPID – and how it has become a success story in securing widespread adoption among its…

MEF CONNECTS LATAM: Available on Demand Now

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Available to view on demand now, our first MEF CONNECTS LATAM virtual event looked at the opportunities presented in the region, hearing from key local players over 2 days of amazing content. Here, MEF LatAm advisor Mitchell Cutmore shares his highlights.  Our first MEF Connects event with a regional, LATAM,…

“Here’s a bandaid” – musings on the T-Mobile data breach and what we need to do next

| Guest blog, Opinions, Personal Data | No Comments
Michael Becker, discusses the ramifications of the recent T-Mobile data breach and their response and actions to aid those affected by the loss of personal data. Last week, T-Mobile acknowledges a new data breach that has affected 40M+ people, and as does every breach, the impact of this event will…

MEF Connects Digital Transformation On Demand – Digital Identity Success stories in Italy, Estonia, Germany, Belgium, Singapore

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MEF Mobile IoT Advisor Andrew Parkin-White hosts a series of interviews, and panels held during the the recent MEF Connects Digital Transformation virtual event. Featuring a group of global digital identity experts, the sessions explores case studies and use cases of successful digital identity deployments from around the world.

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

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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 Fraud, 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…

Industry views: A collaborative approach to tackling Smishing

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MEF’s SMS SenderID Protection Registry helps identify and block fraudulent SMS texts, protecting consumers, legitimate businesses and organisations falling victim to text messaging scams. Known as ‘Smishing’ criminals send bogus texts which appear to come from a trusted sender. The Registry allows organisations to register the message headers used when…

Italy demonstrates success in mass adoption of a digital identity scheme with SPID

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MEF this week published a new whitepaper examining the success seen in Italy’s national digital identity scheme, SPID – MEF’s advisor on personal data and identity Andrew Parkin-White explains why the case study is of importance in advancing the concept of digital identity globally. We are seeing a proliferation of…

MEF CONNECTS LATAM: Available on Demand Now

| Enterprise Communications, Event, Internet of Things, MEF LatAm, Mobile Payments, Personal Data | No Comments
Available to view on demand now, our first MEF CONNECTS LATAM virtual event looked at the opportunities presented in the region, hearing from key local players over 2 days of amazing content. Here, MEF LatAm advisor Mitchell Cutmore shares his highlights.  Our first MEF Connects event with a regional, LATAM,…

MEF Connects on Demand: The evolution of the IoT roaming market

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At MEF Connects IoT, Andrew Parkin-White is joined by a panel of IoT roaming experts comprising Fernando Llobregat Baena of BICS, Graham Hart-Ives of JT (IoT) Ltd, Dawood Ghalaieny of ZARIOT and Steffen Sorrell of Kaleido Intelligence. The panel tackled issues including the importance of IoT roaming, enterprise needs beyond…

Addressing the Challenges of Enterprise IoT Security

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A new report from MEF takes a detailed look at the challenges surrounding IoT security, and serves as an IoT primer for enterprises to help mitigate the risks involved. MEF Advisor for IoT Andrew Parkin-White here shares an overview. Enterprise IoT continues to grow at an impressive rate as organisations…

5 Minutes with… SMSPortal

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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 Charles Stretch introduces multichannel communication specialist SMSPortal. We are Africa’s largest cloud communications platform specialising in Application to Peer/Person (A2P) messaging. Our API creates an…

5 Minutes with… IPification

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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 Stefan Kostić introduces mobile authentication experts IPification. IPification is building the backbone for mobile authentication of today and tomorrow: authentication that is secure, and seamless…

5 Minutes with… Identidad Technologies

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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, Luisa Sanchez, VP of SMS and Communication Solutions introduces Identidad Technologies. Identidad Technologies is an international telecommunications and technology enabler. We have a range of products…

5 Minutes with… iBASIS

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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, Ricardo Martins, VP of Global Messaging introduces iBASIS. In fact very simple; we are the carriers’ carrier: iBASIS carries the international voice, mobile data and messaging…

“Here’s a bandaid” – musings on the T-Mobile data breach and what we need to do next

| Guest blog, Opinions, Personal Data | No Comments
Michael Becker, discusses the ramifications of the recent T-Mobile data breach and their response and actions to aid those affected by the loss of personal data. Last week, T-Mobile acknowledges a new data breach that has affected 40M+ people, and as does every breach, the impact of this event will…

Making RCS a Reality: Lessons from a Proof of Concept

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During MEF Connects Business Messaging GMS’ Chief Product Officer, Virginie Debris spoke about their experience in launching a Rich Communication Services (RCS) Proof of Concept (PoC) in Ukraine. Here Virginie elaborates on some of the key points of her talk, why GMS opted to carry out the PoC in Ukraine…

The rise of mobile citizenship

| Digital Identity, Guest blog, Personal Data | No Comments
In this guest post, Global Message Services (GMS) examine how the mobile ecosystem is evolving, and the ways in which consumers and businesses are adopting new technologies & services and the impact of Covid-19 on digital identity. As the world becomes more digital, and mobile phones become both more widespread…

Is Covid The “Big Bang” Of Digital Payments?

| Guest blog, Mobile Payments | No Comments
Fintech specialists Mondato recently hosted a webinar in partnership with MEF on ‘Innovative Approaches to Commercializing Digital Payments.’ The panel consisted of digital finance practitioners with global reach, and the rapid evolution of the payment space has been noticed and felt by all, but particularly in emerging markets.
Event

MEF Global Board Elections 2013 in Pictures

Unable to attend this year’s Global AGM? Check out the photos from the evening where four new Directors were elected by the membership on to the MEF Global Board representing DMG Media, mBlox, Pearson and TIMWE. The Global AGM is always a great opportunity for members to get an update…
Sam Hill
October 4, 2013
News Roundup

Global Mobile News Round-up – Week 30th September

Each week the MEF team curates mobile stories from around the world. Essential news, the latest market insight & data nuggets, the Global News Round-up offers an instant international mobile content and commerce snapshot.  Global News Stories WhatsApp Suddenly Looks Like A Huge Threat To Facebook Business Insider Facebook CEO Mark…
Sam Hill
October 4, 2013
Guest blog

Keep up: why upload speeds are the forgotten part of the broadband equation

Later this month, MEF is hosting a panel session at Broadband World Forum 2013, the world’s largest Broadband event, revealing some of the mobile trends & insights uncovered by the 3rd annual MEF Global Consumer Survey, and featuring survey partners KPMG and On Device Research. In this week's guest post, Benny Har-Even, Senior Content…
Sam Hill
October 2, 2013
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