The nightmare of getting the shopping in

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After 10 years, m-commerce sites should be easy to use. If you think they are, find a nearby octogenarian and try online shopping with them…

Have you ever stopped to think about what it might be like to be over 80 and trying to use the internet?

Maybe you ARE an octogenarian. And therefore you are now using the internet. In which case, well done.

Would you like an app with your pint?

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Why should a bar owner take a punt on your mobile payment app if no customers are using it? A knotty problem. But still the startups come. Tim Green ponders a very overcrowded market…

I got a sobering email this week. It was from DropletPay, a British startup with an app for paying at local businesses.
The email effectively said: it’s the end – we’ve tried, but we can’t make it work.

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Pokémon Go: how Nintendo ignored then won mobile gaming

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Nintendo is a stubborn company. For years it said a big ‘no’ to mobile games. But when it finally relented. its game sent millions of people into a frenzy. Tim Green reflects the obstinacy that gave rise to Pokémon Go…

By now, you’ll know all about Pokémon Go. Unless you’re been hiding under a bridge. And if you have been hiding under a bridge, you may well have been mistaken for a wild Pokémon and shot by one the the game’s players.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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[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.

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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…

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Nigeria’s NCC consultation for the provision of Value Added Services

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In March 2016 the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) published a consultation paper on the Procedures and Guidelines for the future provision of Value Added Services in Nigeria. Its goal is to make sure that consumers are properly protected.

The proposals were broad, impacting all stakeholders directly and included the introduction of a new structure for the VAS value chain, new revenue models, proposals related specifically to the activities of the mobile operators as well as attempts to address the issue of unauthorised billing and delivery of unsolicited SMS, which is currently a big problem in Nigeria.

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Data uptake fuelling Nigerian mobile media users’ habits

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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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15 stats that outline the mobile market drivers in Africa

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

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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 meets the members @MWC 2016

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Every year at MWC in Barcelona, we visit as many of our exhibiting members as possible to catch up with their latest news and announcements, get their views on how the mobile ecosystem has evolved in the past year, and where they see it going in the future. Meet three more members from our diverse global community, Mblox, OLAmobile and SpotX.

Mobile World Congress moved to the Fira Gran Via in 2013, a more remote location with a more spacious conference hall.

MEF meets the members @MWC 2016

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Every year at MWC in Barcelona, we visit as many of our exhibiting members as possible to catch up with their latest news and announcements, get their views on how the mobile ecosystem has evolved in the past year, and where they see it going in the future. This week meet three companies from across our diverse global membership, AVG Technologies, Mobiliya and VUMobile.

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Diversity and engagement drive the new mobile ecosystem landscape

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MEF CEO Rimma Perelmuter shares her insights from a busy 2016 Mobile World Congress where MEF hosted two key initiative workshops, annual elections for two chapter boards and the legendary MEF Connects MWC networking event.

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#MWC16 highlights: Views from the show floor

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During Mobile World Congress 2016 we asked MEF members for their insights into the most exciting developments on show in Barcelona.

With a myriad of new handsets, technologies, VR headsets and connected devices to choose from, hear about some of the highlights and big themes from the showfloor.

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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.

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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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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.”

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Mobile advertising in China is closing in on America

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Rangar Kruse, CEO of Smaato shares insights into the state of mobile advertising in China, and reveals that China may soon overtake the US as the highest spending advertising market. We caught up with Ragnar at GMIC Beijing.

According to the Smaato Global Trends Report, the United States consistently takes the lead as the world’s largest advertising market. However, China’s recent explosive mobile advertising growth rate suggests that the world may soon have a new ad spend leader.

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The most popular apps and services of 2015 + 2016

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Which mobile apps and services did consumers enjoy in 2015? Who will be the winners and losers in 2016? We recently surveyed more than 5000 consumers in 8 countries to find out, and you can now download the results for free.

2016 heralds evolution rather than revolution in the mobile market, according to recent research by MEF. When asked what types of mobile apps and services they enjoyed most in 2015, then what they’ll use more of this year, consumers around the world gave the same response: social networks and games.

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10 facts about the Bangladesh mobile advertising market

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Kaymun Amin, CEO and Founder of MEF Member VuMobile takes a deep dive into the Bangladesh market, explaining why it presents such an exciting opportunity for advertisers, and how to maximise a mobile campaign’s effectiveness. 1) Bangladesh’s has a mobile internet base of 50million and 1.5billion impressions per month traffic.

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Developing the mobile ecosystem in Africa

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There has been amazing growth in mobile internet access over the past few years and Africa is now primed to take advantage of the social and economic opportunities that mobile can bring to people across the continent. While connectivity is on the rise some challenges still remain for development, adoption and growth of the mobile ecosystem.

Here Andrew Fassnidge, founder and editor of pan-African news and events website, Appsafrica.com discusses in more detail what those challenges are. His full commentary along with insights from senior executives at Mahindra Comviva and Mondato as well as African market stats and news analysis can be read in MEF’s Regional Ebulletin – Africa Edition, which can be downloaded for free now.

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13 stats and facts that show the growth of mobile money

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All areas of mobile money, including carrier billing, proximity payments, P2P transfers and services for the unbanked are showing growth. Below we’ve assembled 13 industry stats and facts that show exactly how that growth has taken shape over the last three months and how some analysts forecast the mobile money future. Containing news, analysis and insights, MEF’s latest Mobile Money Bulletin…

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5G is coming: here are 20 things you need to know

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Momentum is building towards the next generation of mobile networks. 5G will be lightning quick, and will also connected billions of ‘things’. Here is part one of your MEF guide to the mobile technology of the 2020s…

Earlier this month a consortium of European mobile operators pitched regulators with its plans for rolling out 5G. Its 5G Manifesto put a fresh focus on high speed mobile broadband. Not that 5G has ever lacked for attention.

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10 things you need to know about India’s mobile market

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MEF Member Bango takes a deep dive into the Indian mobile ecosystem, discovering a thriving, dynamic market. Here Josh Spoelstra shares 10 top tips to understanding mobile in India.

New data from GSMA states that India will be the fastest growing mobile market in the world between now and the year 2020. India is home to 20% of all mobile phone subscribers with a further half a billion new smartphone users expected in the next 3 years.

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10 facts about the Bangladesh mobile advertising market

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Kaymun Amin, CEO and Founder of MEF Member VuMobile takes a deep dive into the Bangladesh market, explaining why it presents such an exciting opportunity for advertisers, and how to maximise a mobile campaign’s effectiveness. 1) Bangladesh’s has a mobile internet base of 50million and 1.5billion impressions per month traffic.

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Retail focus: the current state of mobile retail in 10 statements

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How important is click and collect? What’s happening with showrooming? Has the public embraced contactless? MEF Minute looks at how retail and mobile are intersecting in 2015…Mobile payments comprise over a quarter of global online payments

Stats from Dutch payments processor Adyen say mobile’s total share of online payments is 28.7 per cent. Its Mobile Payments Index revealed that for Q2 2015, mobile increased its share from 27.2 per cent in Q1 2015.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Consumer trust: real risks, richer rewards

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MEF’s recent Consumer Trust Summit in San Francisco saw mobile privacy experts and regulators from the US and Europe gather to discuss the issues of privacy and security in mobile. Over the coming weeks we will be sharing a series of podcasts and in-depth analysis on the issues discussed. Here Simon Bates, Policy & Initiatives Advisor for MEF shares an overview of the day – plus interviews with some of the day’s many speakers, including Infinite Convergence, Mozilla, AVG and KPMG.

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Standing up for strong mobile encryption – Mozilla Foundation

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Mark Surman from Mozilla Foundation shares thoughts on why mobile encryption isn’t a luxury but a necessity, and an essential cornerstone of a healthy internet.

Today, the Internet is one of our most important global public resources. It’s open, free and essential to our daily lives. It’s where we chat, play, bank and shop. It’s also where we create, learn and organize.

All of this is made possible by a set of core principles. Like the belief that individual security and privacy on the Internet is fundamental.

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Spotlight on: Hiya

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The best way to fight back against phishing is to help people to know they are being phished. So says Stanley Kim, general manager of communications experience at Hiya. He talked to MEF about the power of ‘caller ID’ to combat phone spam…

Last summer, a study revealed that email spam is at an all time low. It’s still a big problem – 49.7 per cent emails sent are junk. But that’s the lowest percentage in over a decade.

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The great mobile data sovereignty debate

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A recent case that’s been making headlines and putting privacy at the center of the discussion is the Apple versus FBI controversy. At the upcoming MEF Global Consumer Trust Summit, the industry will discuss drivers in the mobile ecosystem when it comes to privacy and security.
One of the panels, the Data Sovereignty Debate – the industry’s response to official-access to data – will discuss the aspects of the case and take a look at what’s at stake from an industry perspective. Here, we hear from one of the panelists, Justin Olsson, Product Counsel for AVG Technologies for their views on the discussion.

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5 Minutes with… Digi.me

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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 and Executive Chairman Julian Ranger introduces Digi.me

What does Digi.me do?
Digi.me enables the Internet of Me, where the individual is at the centre of their digital life, owning and controlling their own data.

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5 minutes with… Veoo

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Our tagline is ‘all things mobile,’ and as a global mobile consultancy and leading provider of mobile messaging solutions, we provide a one-stop shop for our customers around the world who are looking to implement mobile strategies. With a host of mobile services on offer, such as mobile marketing, two factor authentication, SMS notifications and our groundbreaking new Mobile Wallet solution (launched just last week), we are pushing new boundaries and challenging the status quo in the mobile industry.

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5 minutes with… iProov

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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, Co-founder & CEO (and Global Chairman of MEF) Andrew Bud introduces iProov.

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5 minutes with… Robosoft

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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, MD & CEO, Rohith Bhat introduces Robosoft.

Simply put, we empower businesses to succeed by crafting great mobility solutions. We partner with global corporations and hot startups to plan, design and build amazing mobile and digital experiences. We strongly believe in the power of mobility in transforming businesses and offer end-to-end solutions in strategy, design and engineering. We work with prestigious clients like ESPN, National Geographic, Viacom and more across Consumer Mobility, Enterprise Mobility and Games & Entertainment.

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Industry views: are businesses ready for the explosion in mobile user data?

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Fuelled by the growth in personal mobile connections, M2M, mobile apps and services data traffic is expected to see an almost ten-fold increase by 2019.

All of that connected activity means that businesses are swimming in mobile user data, a trend that is only set to continue as we move steadily toward a hyperconnected world of ubiquitous computing.

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Industry views: Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends Report and the future of chat apps

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Mary Meeker’s annual Internet Trends Report, released last week came to some interesting conclusions about the growth of chat apps like WeChat, WhatsApp and Messenger and their evolution from simple text to a tool for vivid self expression, and portal for commerce, mobile payments and brand interaction.

In China for example, 31 per cent of WeChat users use the app’s baked-in wallet making an estimated 50 plus digital cash transactions per month for things like online shopping, in-store payments and P2P transfers.

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Industry views: A2P messaging and fraud

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Last week MEF published the A2P Messaging Fraud Framework – the first release from its new industry programme The Future of Messaging. It identifies 11 distinct fraud types that impact the global messaging business today.

The Future of Messaging Working Group consists of 25 founding members including mobile operators, messaging aggregators, signalling companies, application service providers and enterprise messaging providers. Here we asked them for their thoughts on messaging fraud and how to tackle facilitating best practice to build a sustainable A2P messaging industry.

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Industry views: Facebook’s chatbot launch

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Last week Facebook announced the launch of its bot platform for Messenger, opening up an API to allow developers to create bots so that people chat with organisations to get information, answer questions and transact.

This means that by combining AI and natural language processing, users will simply instruct messenger to transfer money to someone, order a cab or discuss movie showtimes – just like they were talking to a friend.

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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.”

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Mobile advertising in China is closing in on America

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Rangar Kruse, CEO of Smaato shares insights into the state of mobile advertising in China, and reveals that China may soon overtake the US as the highest spending advertising market. We caught up with Ragnar at GMIC Beijing.

According to the Smaato Global Trends Report, the United States consistently takes the lead as the world’s largest advertising market. However, China’s recent explosive mobile advertising growth rate suggests that the world may soon have a new ad spend leader.

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Views from the showfloor: MEFTV at GMIC Beijing

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MEF Minute was at this year’s Global Mobile Internet Conference in Beijing among the 25,000 mobile industry executives, entrepreneurs, developers and investors on the show floor over 3 days.

We asked exhibiting MEF members and speakers from our own MEF Connects China event held just before GMIC, including Google and Syniverse, about some of the challenges and opportunities presented by the Chinese mobile ecosystem, and to share their tips for how to get ahead in this unique and exciting market.

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5 minutes with… iProov

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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, Co-founder & CEO (and Global Chairman of MEF) Andrew Bud introduces iProov.

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How Millennials Are Shaking Up Retail Commerce

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There is a revolution happening in retail, driven by the new expectations and habits of a uniquely tech-savvy generation. Founder and CEO of MEF Member InMobi, Naveen Tewari, explains how retailers can (and must) ready their business for the rise of the millennials.

Millennials are becoming retailers’ largest demographic in both population size and market influence with significant buying power due to their constant access to technology.

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Weekly mobile news round-up 29th July

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

This week.. smartphone numbers return to growth, Europe heading cash free, global mobile gaming benefits from the Pokemon effect and much more.

During the second quarter of 2016, smartphone shipments saw a modest return to growth after a first quarter which saw the first ever year-over-year decline in worldwide smartphone sales, according to research firm Canalys.

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The nightmare of getting the shopping in

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After 10 years, m-commerce sites should be easy to use. If you think they are, find a nearby octogenarian and try online shopping with them…

Have you ever stopped to think about what it might be like to be over 80 and trying to use the internet?

Maybe you ARE an octogenarian. And therefore you are now using the internet. In which case, well done.

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5G is coming: here are 20 things you need to know

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Momentum is building towards the next generation of mobile networks. 5G will be lightning quick, and will also connected billions of ‘things’. Here is part one of your MEF guide to the mobile technology of the 2020s…

Earlier this month a consortium of European mobile operators pitched regulators with its plans for rolling out 5G. Its 5G Manifesto put a fresh focus on high speed mobile broadband. Not that 5G has ever lacked for attention.

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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.

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Weekly mobile news round-up 22nd July

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

This week.. Japan buys ARM for $32 billion, Apple is making billions from Pokemon Go, China’s gamers are spending more on iOS than Americans, and much more.

Japan’s Softbank has agreed to acquire ARM Holdings, the giant U.K. semiconductor firm that supplies part of the chip design used in Apple iPhones, in a deal worth more than $32 billion, the companies announced on Monday.

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Would you like an app with your pint?

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Why should a bar owner take a punt on your mobile payment app if no customers are using it? A knotty problem. But still the startups come. Tim Green ponders a very overcrowded market…

I got a sobering email this week. It was from DropletPay, a British startup with an app for paying at local businesses.
The email effectively said: it’s the end – we’ve tried, but we can’t make it work.

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Spotlight on: Nazara

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Nazara is targeting India’s hundreds of millions of gamers with popular local IP and the best global brands. But it also has ambitious global plans. In our continuing Executive Interview series, Chirag Shah, Head of India and APAC business at Nazara, explained all to MEF Minute…

A few weeks ago, Nazara struck a partnership with Stick Sports to develop a game featuring Virat Kohli.

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Consumer trust: real risks, richer rewards

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MEF’s recent Consumer Trust Summit in San Francisco saw mobile privacy experts and regulators from the US and Europe gather to discuss the issues of privacy and security in mobile. Over the coming weeks we will be sharing a series of podcasts and in-depth analysis on the issues discussed. Here Simon Bates, Policy & Initiatives Advisor for MEF shares an overview of the day – plus interviews with some of the day’s many speakers, including Infinite Convergence, Mozilla, AVG and KPMG.

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