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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.

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Weekly mobile news round-up 1st July

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Find out the week’s top mobile stories from around the world.

This week.. European operators weigh impact of Brexit, Google stepping up smartphone wars, Myanmar set to become worlds first mobile-only market and much more. Vodafone, Orange, Deutsche Telekom and Telefonica are analysing the UK’s decision to leave the EU. Reports vary about the potential impact of Brexit on Telefonica’s plans for an IPO of its global infrastructure unit Telxius, as well as a possible IPO or sale of its O2 UK unit.

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Don’t you dare talk to me, I’m paying by mobile

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Mobile payment wants to replace cash and cards. But will it also also phase out human interaction? Tim Green ponders the demise of small talk on the high street…

There’s something I find endlessly fascinating about mobile: its unforeseen consequences.

Take the camera phone. When it came along, most people could have guessed the impact on the traditional camera business. They may even have foreseen all those phones being held aloft at gigs.

But I don’t recall anyone saying the camera phone would give birth to the selfie – and that the selfie would kill the autograph.

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Data uptake fuelling Nigerian mobile media users’ habits

By | MEF Africa | No Comments

A new survey carried out by MEF in association with Etisalat Nigeria identifies apps, music and video as the biggest drivers for the increase in mobile data spending.

MEF‘s study of the behaviours and attitudes of 1,000 Nigerian smartphone users showed that 45% of respondents already buy more than 2GB of Data per month. When consumers pay to increase their data bundle, it is mainly to consume more mobile apps (64%) and content such as video (52%) and music (31%).

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Mary Meeker report reveals compelling opps for mobile marketing growth

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Following on from our Industry Views Roundup on the recent Internet Trends Report from Mary Meeker, Syniverse Corporate VP & MD for APAC George Guo shares further thoughts on the extent of the opportunities the report may reveal for mobile marketers.

Mary Meeker’s recently published annual Internet trends report has become something of an annual event for the technology industry. Every year, Meeker, a venture capital analyst, compiles an insightf

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15 stats that outline the mobile market drivers in Africa

By | Featured Post, MEF Africa | One Comment

Now past its billionth mobile connection, and with an improving infrastructure, Africa’s mobile-first status is a given and as a result new mobile entertainment and services are becoming routinely available. Here we look at the stats and market drivers that frame the continent’s unique mobile ecosystem.

Further insights on the African mobile ecosystem including news, a report on messaging in Africa, VAS regulation in Nigeria and articles from senior executives at Huawei and Mahindra Comviva can be read in MEF’s Regional eBulletin – Africa Edition, which can be downloaded for free now.

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Three quarters of people now ’talk’ to businesses with a mobile message

By | Featured Post, mobile messaging | 3 Comments

New research from MEF, supported by Mblox, says 76 per cent of consumers have received communications from businesses such as banks, healthcare and retailers via SMS. 65 per cent have engaged with companies via chat apps.

The study is part of MEF’s Future of Messaging Programme. It indexes the messaging habits of nearly 6000 respondents across nine countries worldwide. The report is available now as a free download.

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Transforming Zimbabwe in to a cash-lite economy with mobile money

By | Featured Post, MEF Africa, Mobile Money | No Comments

Mobile money is the poster-boy for mobile services in Africa. Here Srinivas Nidugondi, Senior Vice President & Head Mobile Financial Solutions at Mahindra Comviva explains how it is driving financial inclusion in Zimbabwe with EcoCash.

This article originally appeared in MEF’s Regional eBulletin – Africa Edition which includes news, a report on messaging in Africa, VAS regulation in Nigeria and further insights from Huawei.

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MEF member news round-up: June 27

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Get the latest announcements from MEF Members across the mobile ecosystem globally in this weekly review of member news…Evernote is eight – and it has 200 million users

On the week of its eighth anniversary, note-taking platform Evernote has just welcomed its 200 millionth customer.

The firm has amassed its user base across 200 countries and 31 languages, with 24 per cent in the US, 35 per cent in Asia and ten per cent in China. It said that over eight years, its users had written five billion notes.

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Weekly mobile news round-up: 24 June

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Find out the week’s top mobile stories from around the world.

This week.. Facebook hits 100m hours of video a day, half of China is online, banks concerns over mobile security of PIN, Apple & Samsung wary over 2016 smartphone earnings and much more. Instagram has announced that it has reached the milestone of 500 million monthly users. That’s a commonly used metric that has its limitations when it comes to tracking just how engaged users are with a given app, but Instagram says that over 300 million of those people use the service every single day.

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