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Fortnite App Store Row May Ignite Game Developer Rethink

Whatever may be the eventual outcome, the ongoing legal disputes between Epic Games, Apple and Google should prompt developers to carefully evaluate how they distribute and sell their smartphones games to grow their player base and maximize revenue in the future. And that could include revisiting direct carrier billing (DCB) payment options with mobile network […]

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US pay-TV providers fight back with new SVOD launches

Traditional pay-TV providers are fighting back in the war for audience share with streaming providers like Netflix, Amazon Prime and HBO Max by launching their own subscription video on demand (SVOD) services in the US and further afield. Paramount+ will be the new name of ViacomCBS’ existing CBS All Access video on demand (VOD) and […]

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E-commerce – the Malaysian “New Normal” for Shoppers

Next to Singapore, Malaysia is one of the largest e-commerce markets in Southeast Asia, having rapidly grown in recent years. With the pandemic challenging local markets all over the globe, e-commerce has only gained in popularity, its growth accelerating even further. In this article, we’re looking at: the factors that contribute to e-commerce growth in Malaysia […]

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The Nordics: The Move Towards Cashless Societies and the Role of Mobile Payments

The recent months have sped up certain processes in digital and mobile payments across the world. With their individual societal and cultural characteristics, economic situation, and growth history, there’s no uniform way countries have reacted to the so-called new normal after the pandemic hit. In this article, we’re taking a closer look at the Nordics: […]

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E-commerce Payments in Indonesia in 2020: What You Need to Know

Indonesia has long been seen as one of the fastest-growing mobile commerce markets in the world. But the country’s domestic market presents its own, unique challenges both for merchants and online payment providers.In this article, we’re looking at: the current e-commerce payment market and how it’s evolving the main challenges for merchants and online payment […]

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eWallets challenge USSD in African mobile payments ecosystem

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to the highest concentration of mobile money users in the world – almost 46% of the global registered total estimates GSMA Intelligence in its State of the Industry on Mobile Money 2018 report published last year. Early adoption was pushed by the development of services provided by telcos and mobile network […]

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Government Incentives Boosting Malaysian eWallet Adoption

A combination of government financial incentives and COVID-19 lockdown restrictions are encouraging more Malaysians to forgo cash in favour of contactless payments, including the use of smartphone embedded electronic wallets (eWallets) to fund online and physical in-store purchases. Some eWallet providers have seen payment volumes almost double this year. GrabPay, for example, highlighted a 1.7x […]

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Why Telcos Need Help with Payments Regulation

In the third part of our series of blogs summarising the recent Mobile World Live webinar on streamlined payment channels and managed payment services, we look at the role specialist payment platform providers can play in helping telcos navigate increasingly complex financial services regulation to open up new revenue streams in different regions of the […]

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Open Banking Regulation Shakes Up Mobile Payments Market in South Korea

Open banking regulations introduced last December have made it easier for fintechs in South Korea to compete with established financial service providers around digital banking – and a single easy to use smartphone app is playing a central role. The new rules look set to drive further adoption of mobile payments among a population that […]

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SMBs Going Digital to Beat the Coronavirus Disruption

Small and micro businesses (SMBs) have been hard hit by the economic disruption caused by global Coronavirus lockdown restrictions, leaving many looking for new ways to attract new customers. That includes further expansion into digital, online commerce and the adoption of contactless and mobile payment methods, though many are unsure they have the knowledge and […]

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Mobile Payment Start-ups Prime Targets for Fintech Investments

The latest State of Fintech report from global tech market intelligence firm CB Insights suggests that mobile payment platforms and electronic wallet (eWallet) apps being widely used by consumers for pandemic-related eCommerce purchases continue to receive strong financial backing from investment companies.  The report, which covers the three months ending June 2020, saw fintech funding […]

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Q2 Surge in AppStore Downloads Expands Telco Growth Opportunity

A report from mobile AppStore marketing intelligence firm Sensor Tower examining the most downloaded apps during the second quarter of 2020 provides a detailed and exciting analysis of consumer behavioural trends during a period of global Coronavirus lockdown restrictions. It also pinpoints surges in user demand for certain categories of content (gaming, entertainment, music and […]

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