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SVoD Subscriptions Set to Continue to Soar in 2021 with New Entrants

The number of people signing up to video streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+ for the first time soared in 2020 as lockdown restrictions forced more people to stay indoors and find new sources of entertainment. But subscription video on demand (SVoD) providers may find it harder to maintain their stellar growth rates […]

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Making the Case for Direct Carrier Billing

Video Games and eSports or “Gaming” isn’t the domain of just the young any longer, with a much broader demographic getting on the bandwagon with new advancements in mobile connectivity, hardware and experiences.

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Lowering the Barriers to Entry for New Merchants Embracing Carrier Billing

The key to expanding the direct carrier billing (DCB) ecosystem and revenue base lies in bringing larger numbers of merchants onto payment platforms and making it easier for them to sell more of their goods and services to consumers. Media and entertainment company – Global is a good example of the dilemmas which currently face […]

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Pandemic Disruption a Fillip to eCommerce Growth

Early indications are that retail sales across the world have been hard hit by consumers reducing their spending in 2020 due to the unparalleled economic uncertainty caused by the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic. But the headline figures mask a sizeable shift from physical in-store purchases to online transactions in almost every geography as more […]

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Beginning to look a lot like a Cashless Christmas

As we draw to the end of 2020, there is no doubt there has been a significant increase in the number of people using digital payment technology to fund purchases during the year. That trend has been partly driven by consumers’ aversion to cash during the Coronavirus pandemic but also the closure of physical retail […]

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Warner Media and HBO Max Shake Up the Film Industry

The news that Warner Media will make all 17 of its movies planned for 2021 available on its HBO Max video streaming platform at the same time as their cinema release underscores how the pandemic has upended cinema. But it also reflects changes in video content consumption habits which may persist post-pandemic, as more people […]

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Direct Carrier Billing vs. Card Payments: A Look at User Experience

Merchants and consumers worldwide have already acknowledged the benefits of paying for digital services and products using direct carrier billing. And with the rise of digital content consumption, especially during the pandemic, paying for it via DCB has also become more common, expected to reach 22% of total digital content spend by 2024.  There are many […]

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Africa the “Enduring Epicentre” of Mobile Money

The latest research from the GSM Alliance (GSMA) charts the continued growth of the mobile money ecosystem in Africa, described as the “enduring epicentre” of the industry. And mobile money services are also generating sizeable chunks of revenue for the mobile network operators (MNOs) delivering them – 57% contribute more than 15% of total operator […]

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New Market Entrants Expand Asian Mobile Money Ecosystem

The use of mobile money continued to grow in Asia in 2019 according to the GSMA’s latest State of Mobile Money in Asia report, as more of the continent’s citizens found it easier to transfer money and pay for goods and services using their smartphones. The ongoing pandemic has only accelerated some of the trends […]

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WhatsApp Pay to Drive Mobile Payments Growth in India and Brazil

The approval of WhatsApp to launch its in-chat payments features in India and Brazil this month [November 2020] is likely to expand the number of people making mobile payments in the two countries. But it will also bring increased competition to an already fiercely contested market populated by large global players and local providers alike […]

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Super Apps and eWallets Drive Mobile Payments Growth

The financial services sector has been steadily adapting to digital disruption over the last few years. But the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated that requirement by opening up access to digital banking for millions of unbanked consumers around the world for the first time.   In Norway the deputy governor of Norges Banks was reported to have […]

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Payment Companies Prized by VC Investment Amidst the Pandemic

Venture capitalist backing for mobile payments firms remained steady in the third quarter of 2020 (Q320) despite the economic disruption caused by Coronavirus lockdown restrictions. Investors bankrolled 109 start-ups to the tune of almost US$4bn, up from 104 and US$3.79bn in the previous quarter according to CB Insights’ State of Fintech Q3’20 Report. Such is […]

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