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MEF BUSINESS NEWS 16 FEBRUARY 2024 In Wall Street, the S&P 500 hit a record high as a dip in retail sales calmed inflation concerns. Bond markets were stable, pricing in a June rate cut. Investors face conflicting narratives on potential Fed actions amid strong economic performance. ——————————— And after the S&P record, asian stocks advanced across the board, led by gains in Japan. Also, Chinese consumption showed signs of improvement. The Nikkei 225 Stock Average rose as much as 1.9%, inching closer to its historic peak reached in 1989. Tech firms led the gains after US semiconductor equipment manufacturer Applied Materials gave a bullish revenue forecast. An index tracking Hong Kong-listed Chinese companies jumped 2%, putting a gauge of regional equities on course for their best weekly gains this year. ——————————- ECB’s policymaker François Villeroy urges timely rate cuts, highlighting flexibility in timing and extent of adjustments, cautioning against delay. In an interview with Les Echos, the Bank of France governor highlighted three types of flexibility available to the ECB: timing, pace, and extent of rate reductions. Villeroy stressed the advantage of acting in a gradual and pragmatic manner rather than delaying and needing to make larger adjustments later on. ———————————- And Russia’s central bank is likely to refrain from cutting interest rates before the March presidential elections, despite a pause in inflation. With concerns over the cost of living remaining high, economists unanimously predict the key rate will stay at 16% in the upcoming meeting, with no rate cut expected until at least April. ———————————— Nike plans to reduce its global workforce by about 2% as part of cost-saving efforts amid weaker sales and increased competition. The Oregon-based company, with approximately 83,700 employees worldwide, aims to optimize its organization for growth opportunities in sports, health, and wellness. This move follows an announcement in December to seek up to $2 billion in cost savings through workforce reduction and streamlining operations due to consumer caution impacting sales. ————————————- Banco Santander is boosting bonuses for its investment bankers following a year of record profits, Bloomberg reports citing people familiar with the matter. Variable compensation in the corporate and investment bank will increase by an average of 10%. The decision on bonuses comes amid Santander’s efforts to expand its investment banking operations in the United States, where it recruited numerous bankers from Credit Suisse. The Spanish lender reported a record profit of €11.1 billion in 2023, with its US franchise performing strongly, as highlighted in a recent results presentation. ——————————— ——————————— MEF MOBILE NEWS 16 FEBRUARY 2024 Deutsche Telekom, in collaboration with Qualcomm and Brain.ai, aims to unveil a groundbreaking AI concept at the World Mobile Conference in Barcelona next week: a smartphone without apps. Instead, an AI assistant will replace traditional apps, acting as a concierge that understands user goals and manages tasks through voice commands, such as trip planning, shopping, and media editing. The technology, powered by Brain.ai, will operate in the cloud, making it accessible on entry-level smartphones. ——————————- Orange CEO Christel Heydemann expressed confidence in a positive outcome from the European Commission’s probe into the proposed merger with Masmovil in Spain, alongside reporting steady revenue growth in 2023. With the Commission deadline approaching, Heydemann highlighted the company’s successful financial performance and execution of its strategic plan. Revenue and pre-tax profit increased steadily throughout the year, with the Spanish unit driving solid performance in Europe. ———————————- Dell Technologies and Nokia have deepened their partnership to enhance open network architectures and 5G use cases for enterprises. Nokia has chosen Dell as its preferred infrastructure partner for AirFrame server customers, gradually transitioning them to Dell’s PowerEdge servers optimized for telecom network workloads. —————————— Telus and Samsung Electronics are teaming up to build Canada’s first open RAN 5G network, focusing on brownfield deployments, Mobile World Live reports. Successful tests have shown telecom-grade performance and reliability in multi-vendor environments. Telus plans to start deploying in he firs half, with a broader rollout later in the year. This move offers open RAN vendors a larger market opportunity compared to greenfield deployments. ——————————- South Korean Telecom, MediaTek, and start-up Nota AI have jointly developed AI-based technology to minimize smartphone power usage, a crucial aspect of customer satisfaction. This innovation predicts data transmission times to optimize connections between smartphones and base stations, addressing the operator’s emphasis on battery life in customer experience. The companies achieved this by reducing the size of the AI model, enabling low-latency and low-power operation on smartphone modems. ——————————- Verizon’s sponsorship deal with the US National Hockey League (NHL) paves the way for a major private 5G network push in North American sports stadia. T he operator plans to deploy private 5G networks in NHL arenas to enhance game day operations and improve the fan experience. Specific deployment details are yet to be revealed, but the initiative promises tailored services for teams both on and off the ice, including communication options and information provision to match officials and coaches. ——————————— ——————————— MEF TECH NEWS 16 FEBRUARY 2024 Applied Materials, the leading US chipmaking machinery manufacturer, saw its stock soar after providing a bullish revenue forecast for the current period. Anticipating fiscal second-quarter sales of about $6.5 billion, surpassing analysts’ expectations, the company’s outlook suggests a faster-than-expected recovery in the chip industry. This indicates increased investments in new production by major semiconductor companies, reflecting confidence in future demand within the electronics supply chain. ———————— And Taiwan Semiconductor (TSMC) is on the cusp of reclaiming a spot among the world’s top 10 most valuable companies. A $42 billion rally on Thursday, driven by optimism about artificial intelligence, propelled its market value to $575 billion. Investors are bullish on TSMC due to its role as a critical chip supplier for AI processors, especially ahead of Nvidia upcoming results — the announcement is due on February 21st. TSMC’s shares surged nearly 8% in Taipei, marking a more than 30% increase since late September. Executives foresee further growth this quarter, buoyed by recovering demand in smartphones and computing. —————————— And Investors see potential in Hynix, Nvidia Corp.’s top memory supplier, as its shares remain undervalued despite a significant surge of 96% since last year. Hynix’s early dominance in the high-bandwidth memory market, crucial for AI, has garnered investor attention after years of trailing Samsung. ——————————- Google announced an initiative to enhance online security using AI tools. They’re introducing an open-source AI-powered resource to detect malware and releasing it for free. Google will also present a white paper at the Munich Security Conference advocating for advanced AI research and regulatory guidelines for autonomous cyber defenses. ———————————- Apple is close to completing a new software tool for app developers, enhancing its AI capabilities and intensifying competition with Microsoft, Bloomberg reports citing people familiar with the matter. The tool, part of the next Xcode version, predicts and completes code blocks similar to Microsoft’s GitHub Copilot. It aims to simplify software development, potentially saving time and costs for developers. ——————————— OpenAI introduced Sora, an AI system generating realistic videos from text prompts. Joining other companies in this field, Sora quickly produces videos depicting complex scenes. Limited access is initially granted to select creators, with safety assessments underway. Concerns persist regarding AI’s impact on artistic professions and potential misinformation, especially in critical election years. ————————————-
MEF BUSINESS NEWS 16 FEBRUARY 2024 In Wall Street, the S&P 500 hit a record high as a dip in retail sales calmed inflation concerns. Bond markets were stable, pricing in a June rate cut. Investors face conflicting narratives on potential Fed actions amid strong economic performance. ——————————— And after the S&P record, asian stocks advanced across the board, led by gains in Japan. Also, Chinese consumption showed signs of improvement. The Nikkei 225 Stock Average rose as much as 1.9%, inching closer to its historic peak reached in 1989. Tech firms led the gains after US semiconductor equipment manufacturer Applied Materials gave a bullish revenue forecast. An index tracking Hong Kong-listed Chinese companies jumped 2%, putting a gauge of regional equities on course for their best weekly gains this year. ——————————- ECB’s policymaker François Villeroy urges timely rate cuts, highlighting flexibility in timing and extent of adjustments, cautioning against delay. In an interview with Les Echos, the Bank of France governor highlighted three types of flexibility available to the ECB: timing, pace, and extent of rate reductions. Villeroy stressed the advantage of acting in a gradual and pragmatic manner rather than delaying and needing to make larger adjustments later on. ———————————- And Russia’s central bank is likely to refrain from cutting interest rates before the March presidential elections, despite a pause in inflation. With concerns over the cost of living remaining high, economists unanimously predict the key rate will stay at 16% in the upcoming meeting, with no rate cut expected until at least April. ———————————— Nike plans to reduce its global workforce by about 2% as part of cost-saving efforts amid weaker sales and increased competition. The Oregon-based company, with approximately 83,700 employees worldwide, aims to optimize its organization for growth opportunities in sports, health, and wellness. This move follows an announcement in December to seek up to $2 billion in cost savings through workforce reduction and streamlining operations due to consumer caution impacting sales. ————————————- Banco Santander is boosting bonuses for its investment bankers following a year of record profits, Bloomberg reports citing people familiar with the matter. Variable compensation in the corporate and investment bank will increase by an average of 10%. The decision on bonuses comes amid Santander’s efforts to expand its investment banking operations in the United States, where it recruited numerous bankers from Credit Suisse. The Spanish lender reported a record profit of €11.1 billion in 2023, with its US franchise performing strongly, as highlighted in a recent results presentation. ——————————— ——————————— MEF MOBILE NEWS 16 FEBRUARY 2024 Deutsche Telekom, in collaboration with Qualcomm and Brain.ai, aims to unveil a groundbreaking AI concept at the World Mobile Conference in Barcelona next week: a smartphone without apps. Instead, an AI assistant will replace traditional apps, acting as a concierge that understands user goals and manages tasks through voice commands, such as trip planning, shopping, and media editing. The technology, powered by Brain.ai, will operate in the cloud, making it accessible on entry-level smartphones. ——————————- Orange CEO Christel Heydemann expressed confidence in a positive outcome from the European Commission’s probe into the proposed merger with Masmovil in Spain, alongside reporting steady revenue growth in 2023. With the Commission deadline approaching, Heydemann highlighted the company’s successful financial performance and execution of its strategic plan. Revenue and pre-tax profit increased steadily throughout the year, with the Spanish unit driving solid performance in Europe. ———————————- Dell Technologies and Nokia have deepened their partnership to enhance open network architectures and 5G use cases for enterprises. Nokia has chosen Dell as its preferred infrastructure partner for AirFrame server customers, gradually transitioning them to Dell’s PowerEdge servers optimized for telecom network workloads. —————————— Telus and Samsung Electronics are teaming up to build Canada’s first open RAN 5G network, focusing on brownfield deployments, Mobile World Live reports. Successful tests have shown telecom-grade performance and reliability in multi-vendor environments. Telus plans to start deploying in he firs half, with a broader rollout later in the year. This move offers open RAN vendors a larger market opportunity compared to greenfield deployments. ——————————- South Korean Telecom, MediaTek, and start-up Nota AI have jointly developed AI-based technology to minimize smartphone power usage, a crucial aspect of customer satisfaction. This innovation predicts data transmission times to optimize connections between smartphones and base stations, addressing the operator’s emphasis on battery life in customer experience. The companies achieved this by reducing the size of the AI model, enabling low-latency and low-power operation on smartphone modems. ——————————- Verizon’s sponsorship deal with the US National Hockey League (NHL) paves the way for a major private 5G network push in North American sports stadia. T he operator plans to deploy private 5G networks in NHL arenas to enhance game day operations and improve the fan experience. Specific deployment details are yet to be revealed, but the initiative promises tailored services for teams both on and off the ice, including communication options and information provision to match officials and coaches. ——————————— ——————————— MEF TECH NEWS 16 FEBRUARY 2024 Applied Materials, the leading US chipmaking machinery manufacturer, saw its stock soar after providing a bullish revenue forecast for the current period. Anticipating fiscal second-quarter sales of about $6.5 billion, surpassing analysts’ expectations, the company’s outlook suggests a faster-than-expected recovery in the chip industry. This indicates increased investments in new production by major semiconductor companies, reflecting confidence in future demand within the electronics supply chain. ———————— And Taiwan Semiconductor (TSMC) is on the cusp of reclaiming a spot among the world’s top 10 most valuable companies. A $42 billion rally on Thursday, driven by optimism about artificial intelligence, propelled its market value to $575 billion. Investors are bullish on TSMC due to its role as a critical chip supplier for AI processors, especially ahead of Nvidia upcoming results — the announcement is due on February 21st. TSMC’s shares surged nearly 8% in Taipei, marking a more than 30% increase since late September. Executives foresee further growth this quarter, buoyed by recovering demand in smartphones and computing. —————————— And Investors see potential in Hynix, Nvidia Corp.’s top memory supplier, as its shares remain undervalued despite a significant surge of 96% since last year. Hynix’s early dominance in the high-bandwidth memory market, crucial for AI, has garnered investor attention after years of trailing Samsung. ——————————- Google announced an initiative to enhance online security using AI tools. They’re introducing an open-source AI-powered resource to detect malware and releasing it for free. Google will also present a white paper at the Munich Security Conference advocating for advanced AI research and regulatory guidelines for autonomous cyber defenses. ———————————- Apple is close to completing a new software tool for app developers, enhancing its AI capabilities and intensifying competition with Microsoft, Bloomberg reports citing people familiar with the matter. The tool, part of the next Xcode version, predicts and completes code blocks similar to Microsoft’s GitHub Copilot. It aims to simplify software development, potentially saving time and costs for developers. ——————————— OpenAI introduced Sora, an AI system generating realistic videos from text prompts. Joining other companies in this field, Sora quickly produces videos depicting complex scenes. Limited access is initially granted to select creators, with safety assessments underway. Concerns persist regarding AI’s impact on artistic professions and potential misinformation, especially in critical election years. ————————————-

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Telco Innovation at the Edge: NaaS/MEC/APIs

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MEF Advisor Doug Makishima discusses the commercialization of telco edge cloud and network API solutions ahead of an upcoming session at MEF’s Global Forum where he will present a panel of experts that will explore the importance of NaaS, MEC and APIs for the future of the interoperable mobile edge.…

Ditching Data Fragmentation, Modernizing Mobile Anti-Fraud Practices

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In a recent webinar, Nicholas Rossman, MEF Director of Products, was joined by Catalin Badea, Vice President of Product Management at netnumber, to discuss how fragmented fraud prevention processes are complicating anti-fraud efforts in the telecommunications industry. The webinar also highlights new and improved tools to streamline and improve processes…

New Ways To Fight Brand Impersonation and Fraud in the U.S. Messaging Ecosystem

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In a recent webinar, Michael Becker, MEF Future of Messaging Adviser, was joined by Bradley Greer, Senior Director, Data Solutions & Partnerships at netnumber, to discuss brand impersonation and other forms of messaging fraud and how recently unveiled solutions can help members of the U.S. telecom ecosystem shore up their…

Making Trust Measurable: How a Confidence Index Holds the Key To Fraud Mitigation

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In a recent webinar Michael Power, MEF Future of Messaging Adviser is joined by Marco Lafrentz, VP of Business & Market Development at netnumber to explore ways to make trust in the mobile ecosystem more measurable, and why this should be a priority for the industry. Here Marco outlines his…

Perspectives – How AI changed content creation – with Marina Petrova, CEO Intentful

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Listen to the latest episode of our new podcast series Perspectives in Mobile. This week, host Riccardo Amati is joined by Marina Petrova, CEO of AI Specialists Intenful. They discuss the history of Intentful and look ahead to how AI and creativity are linked – are they mutually exclusive or…

Perspectives – Personal communication is the keystone of telecoms

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Listen to the latest episode of our new podcast series Perspectives in Mobile, as MEF Advisor and telecoms industry veteran Ian Germer speaks with MEF CEO Dario Betti. Together Dario and Ian explore the history and evolution of telecoms and communication services and how the mobile ecosystem has come to…

On Message – Collaboration really is King!

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Join James Williams, the Director of Programmes at the Mobile Ecosystem Forum, as he cuts through the noise and gets straight to the heart of the matter in the latest episode of On Message. With this new series of podcasts James promises to stay “on message” – join him as…

MEFCast – Using Phone Numbers to Stop Fraud

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At MEF CONNECTS Nordics, we discussed the increasing use of mobile phone numbers for personal and security purposes. However, this has also made phone numbers a target for fraud. Learn more with host James Williams, along with Catalin Badea and Roberto Peretto from netnumber Global Data Services.

5 minutes with… Adeo 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, Founder & CEO Alex Lykhochas, introduces A2P SMS connectivity providers, Adeo Telecom. Adeo Telecom is a dynamic force where innovation converges with the realm of mobile…

5 minutes with… Dexatel

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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, Azat Eloyan, Chief Marketing Officer introduces CPaaS communications solutions provider, Dexatel. Dexatel is a leading provider of business messaging and CPaaS communications, offering businesses as well…

5 minutes with… Lleida.net

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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 Eduard Salla Simó, Chief UX & Marketing Officer, introduces electronic communications service provider & telco operator Lleida.net. Okay, First things first. How to pronounce Lleida.net. Lleida.nɛt…

5 minutes with… Intentful

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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 & Co-Founder Marina Petrova, introduces brand AI specialists Intenful. Intentful is an AI-first company. We add AI and data to content-related workflows to achieve unprecedented…

Building AI Into the Telco of the Future

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It’s fair to say AI has set the world alight with excitement as imagination’s run wild with endless possibilities of uses and products. No longer a technology that is just over the horizon, it’s here now and developing every day at an exponential rate. Ironically, with so much possibility, it…

Whitepaper: Safeguarding The Long-term Future Of International SMS

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A storm is brewing in the world of international SMS, putting its future at risk. Two key threats are driving this: skyrocketing costs claimed by enterprises and "fake traffic" fraud used to inflate those costs. This is leading major brands to abandon SMS for authentication messages, like one-time passwords, and…

Building a collaborative IoT ecosystem to power the next wave of secure, intelligent applications

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Jimmy Jones, Head of Security for ZARIOT, shares some highlights from a recent MEF Webinar where experts from all facets of the IoT value chain shared insights on how connectivity, hardware, software, cybersecurity, privacy, data management, and more, seamlessly come together to create ground-breaking, secure, and reliable IoT-powered experiences. The…

MEF Connectivity Yearbook 2023

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Half a century ago, the mobile industry connected two people for the first time. Today, the total number of connections is closing in on 11 billion. What does this tell us? First, it reflects the universal human desire to communicate (and pay to do so). Second, from the telco point…

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

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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

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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

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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?

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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…

Building AI Into the Telco of the Future

| Internet of Things, Mobile Advertising, Mobile Content, Mobile Payments, Personal Data | No Comments
It’s fair to say AI has set the world alight with excitement as imagination’s run wild with endless possibilities of uses and products. No longer a technology that is just over the horizon, it’s here now and developing every day at an exponential rate. Ironically, with so much possibility, it…

Whitepaper: Safeguarding The Long-term Future Of International SMS

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A storm is brewing in the world of international SMS, putting its future at risk. Two key threats are driving this: skyrocketing costs claimed by enterprises and "fake traffic" fraud used to inflate those costs. This is leading major brands to abandon SMS for authentication messages, like one-time passwords, and…

The importance of being able to select and control edge locations for mobile IoT data

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Today’s breakout solutions don’t offer the granular control over how and where remote IoT application traffic is routed. Routing this valuable data to the home network introduces delays, exposes traffic to security threats – and cannot be directly controlled by IoT service providers .How can a software-defined distributed edge network…

Building a collaborative IoT ecosystem to power the next wave of secure, intelligent applications

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Jimmy Jones, Head of Security for ZARIOT, shares some highlights from a recent MEF Webinar where experts from all facets of the IoT value chain shared insights on how connectivity, hardware, software, cybersecurity, privacy, data management, and more, seamlessly come together to create ground-breaking, secure, and reliable IoT-powered experiences. The…

5 minutes with… Adeo 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, Founder & CEO Alex Lykhochas, introduces A2P SMS connectivity providers, Adeo Telecom. Adeo Telecom is a dynamic force where innovation converges with the realm of mobile…

5 minutes with… Dexatel

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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, Azat Eloyan, Chief Marketing Officer introduces CPaaS communications solutions provider, Dexatel. Dexatel is a leading provider of business messaging and CPaaS communications, offering businesses as well…

5 minutes with… Lleida.net

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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 Eduard Salla Simó, Chief UX & Marketing Officer, introduces electronic communications service provider & telco operator Lleida.net. Okay, First things first. How to pronounce Lleida.net. Lleida.nɛt…

5 minutes with… Intentful

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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 & Co-Founder Marina Petrova, introduces brand AI specialists Intenful. Intentful is an AI-first company. We add AI and data to content-related workflows to achieve unprecedented…

The importance of being able to select and control edge locations for mobile IoT data

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Today’s breakout solutions don’t offer the granular control over how and where remote IoT application traffic is routed. Routing this valuable data to the home network introduces delays, exposes traffic to security threats – and cannot be directly controlled by IoT service providers .How can a software-defined distributed edge network…

Building a collaborative IoT ecosystem to power the next wave of secure, intelligent applications

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Jimmy Jones, Head of Security for ZARIOT, shares some highlights from a recent MEF Webinar where experts from all facets of the IoT value chain shared insights on how connectivity, hardware, software, cybersecurity, privacy, data management, and more, seamlessly come together to create ground-breaking, secure, and reliable IoT-powered experiences. The…

How Telcos Can Tap into AI-Powered CPaaS to Win the Digital Race

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In this guest post, Deshbandhu Bansal, COO of MEF Member Comviva, shares his thoughts on how telcos can utilise emerging trends in AI with their CPaaS offering, allowing them to enhance and enrich their interactions with customers. Amidst a digital reinvention of the global economy, telecom is shaping up the…

Openmind Networks Turns 20!

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MEF Member Openmind Networks is turning 20 ad to celebrate, in this guest post, Marketing Manager James Connor shares an overview of their history and what comes next for the Dublin-based, global network. In 2003, four co-founders created Openmind Networks to bring low cost hardware infrastructure to the billion-dollar messaging…
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News Roundup

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Uncategorized

[Infographic] Preferred mobile brands & content in emerging markets

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Sam Hill
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Guest blogPrivacy

Australian Government publishes guide to mobile privacy

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Sam Hill
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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
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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
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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…
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