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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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The mobile games with the most unused in-game currency

Mobile gaming is a huge industry. It currently represents half of the global games market, is expected to bring in over $91 billion in 2021, and is only projected to get bigger as technology advances*. Despite these advancements in technology and the incredible revenue the industry brings in, many of the most popular games are […]

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Telco challenges in expanding digital services revenue stream

A webinar hosted by Mobile World Live earlier this month saw DOCOMO Digital’s chief transformation officer Fernando Gonzalez-Mesones join Zain Group’s Chadi Alid and GSMA Intelligence director of ecosystem research Pablo Iacopino to discuss how managed payments infrastructure can help telcos can scale up their direct carrier billing (DCB) capabilities as a foundation to scaling […]

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The value of APIs for digital services

In the second part of our series of blogs about the recent Mobile World Live webinar on streamlined payment channels and managed payment services, we look at how telecommunications operators can use application programming interfaces (APIs) to bring digital services to market faster and the importance of choosing the right partner to enable mobile payments […]

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Carrier and OTT partnerships driving digital content delivery

Close and fruitful partnerships between mobile network operators (MNOs) and over the top (OTT) service providers are expanding globally as more consumers switch on to the benefits of accessing and paying for digital content subscriptions delivered through their fixed and mobile broadband connections. A recent market report – OTT Media Services Consumer Survey and OTT-CSP […]

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Customer Experience and Ease of Billing Play a Significant Role in Consumer SVOD Decisions

Recent research conducted by Ovum provides an intriguing snapshot of consumer attitudes to telco-bundled over the top (OTT) services across India, the Philippines, Singapore, Australia and Thailand. The survey – OTT Media Services Consumer Survey and OTT-CSP Partnership Study – was commissioned by telecoms and media software and service provider Amdocs. It gathered insight from […]

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