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Latin America’s digital ecosystem expands
I was recently invited to speak at one of the seminal events for the mobile ecosystem in São Paulo. Titled MobiXD, the event brought together senior executives from leading mobile carriers and digital brands like Meta and Google. The agenda was focused on the latest developments in apps and the subscription economy in Latin America. […]
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Understanding Direct Carrier Billing
We live in a society of immediacy, an on-demand, consumerism-driven world. We expect to be able to access a wide range of goods and services with a few clicks either on our smartphone, our tablet, or our computer. The Internet has changed the way we behave, and our mobile phones have grown to offer much […]
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The Art of Scaling Mobile Commerce
The smartphone and new digital payment infrastructure models are at the center of a mobile commerce revolution that is giving merchants and consumers all over the world the opportunity to buy and sell goods and services that they would otherwise have struggled to access, according to experts attending this month’s Mobile World Congress event in […]
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The dawn of the new telco digital banking era
The telecommunications industry has already orchestrated a new era of smartphone-enabled digital payment services, bringing in people who previously had no access to banks or other institutions. But the last five years could be just the beginning of a world that sees operators play a much more significant role in fintech as they develop more […]
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Digital identities support mobile payments
The days when consumers need to type in numbers and passwords into web pages to make payments may be short lived according to experts attending the Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona earlier this month. Instead, they will use smartphone-embedded digital identities enabled by biometric authentication technologies to gain closer control over their financial transactions […]
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MWC points to mobile payments' future
A panel session at last week’s Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona brought together leading lights in the telecommunications and financial services industry to discuss the rapidly evolving digital payments landscape. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the introduction of M-Pesa by Safaricom in Kenya. This mobile payment platform has since provided access to […]
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World on cusp of the 5G era
Last week’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) explored how fifth-generation (5G) networks can transform multiple industries – including fintech, entertainment, and media. The discussion simultaneously highlighted how more investment is needed to help the technology manifest its full potential globally. Jose Maria Alvarez-Pallete, Chairman and CEO of European telco Telefónica, pointed to 5G as a building […]
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Video streaming thriving in Vietnam
Interest in subscription video on demand (SVOD) services in Vietnam has been growing steadily over the last few years, with ever-larger slices of the country’s 98m population proving themselves willing to access and pay for streaming video content from a mixture of local and global providers. That was particularly true in 2020 when the introduction […]
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Thriving app economy grows unabated
Research from Sensor Tower suggests that app downloads and engagement levels remained steady in 2021 after the massive surge in interest and usage driven by the pandemic in 2020. The company’s latest Store Intelligence Data Digest for the fourth quarter of 2021 estimates that worldwide app downloads from Apple’s App Store and Google Play reached […]
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Mobile gaming comes of age in the Middle East
The Middle East is home to a vibrant computer gaming community that generates significant amounts of money for developers, many of which are also incubated locally. And the combination of high smartphone penetration and superfast network connection speeds means many of the region’s consumers increasingly use their mobile devices to access, view, and pay for […]
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Mobile powering the digital economy in the Middle East
The Middle East continues to see high uptake of digital technologies by its consumers, though progress varies considerably from one country to another. With some of the fastest mobile connection speeds globally, it’s no surprise that smartphones play an increasingly important role in people’s lives, especially when it comes to shopping, entertainment, banking, and paying […]
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Video streaming, gaming, and payment apps see strong growth
The coronavirus pandemic compelled many people to change their behavior in 2020, not least when it came to the mobile apps they download. Long periods of lockdown prompted consumers worldwide to reach for their smartphones to help them work, study and entertainment themselves and undertake essential everyday functions like shopping and banking. Sensor Tower’s Mobile […]