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5G to drive wider AR/VR adoption
The latest analyses of fifth-generation (5G) mobile infrastructure, apps and services from research company Omdia suggests mobile network operators (MNOs) will soon have the apps they need to entice consumers off their existing 3G and 4G subscriptions. Omdia believes that the monetisation strategies applied to 5G technology are unlikely to be that much different from […]
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New App Store payment policies could help developers scale faster
Forthcoming changes in Apple’s policy allowing app developers to inform users of alternative payment options outside its App Store should help to expand the mobile payments market. In the culmination of its long-running legal dispute with Epic Games (Fortnite), a US judge ruled that Apple should allow games developers to direct customers away from the […]
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Microsoft and Shopify abandon app store commission fees
Market entry for mobile developers is getting steadily easier after Microsoft dropped its fees for most of the apps being available in its Windows store. Multinational eCommerce platform provider Shopify quickly followed suit for apps on its App Store, indicating a new approach amongst storefront owners. They seem keen to expand beyond the traditional model […]
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Business Messaging driving RCS adoption in Europe
Commercial services that use rich communications services (RCS) technology to deliver multimedia messages to mobile subscribers are replacing similar platforms based on legacy SMS and expanding rapidly to eclipse similar services offered on over the top (OTT) platforms like WhatsApp and Viber. A panel discussion at the “Mobile Ecosystem Forum (MEF) Connect” event this year […]
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Telco KYC knowledge can combat mobile payments fraud
The latest forecasts from Juniper Research estimate that online merchants will lose over US$206bn to payments fraud over the next four years, making the use of machine-learning-based fraud prevention platforms an immediate priority. The research firm also believes that mobile network operators (MNOs) have a pivotal role in supporting Know Your Customer (KYC) processes which […]
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Scandinavia pools mobile payment resources to fend competition
The proposed merger of three mobile payment platforms in Scandinavia suggests that further consolidation of the fast-growing payments industry could be underway as smaller local players beef up their businesses to better compete with global giants. Danske Bank’s MobilePay will join forces with Pivo, owned by Finland’s OP Financial Group, and Vipps, owned by a […]
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5G on the road to wider adoption, Ericsson reveals
Ericsson’s annual Mobility Report provides a detailed update on the health and status of the mobile industry, alongside a detailed forecast of how changes in mobile application, media and service delivery are driving changes in network data consumption. And interestingly, it comes around the time of this year’s much-awaited Mobile World Congress underway in Barcelona. […]
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Bright future for carrier billing
In my recent keynote at the recent MEF Connects Digital Transformation 2021 event, I shared my thoughts on how the future of direct carrier billing (DCB) fits within the broader payments ecosystem amidst the evolution of mobile carriers underway. In addition, I highlighted some best practices from the most progressive network operators worth emulating and […]
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Smartphones spur shopping and fintech in Thailand
Thailand was relatively successful in containing the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, with widespread preventative measures limiting the local infection rates. The closure of public venues and businesses also forced Thai citizens to find new ways to purchase goods and services and entertain themselves, often using smartphones connected to increasingly fast and widely available mobile networks. […]
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Mobile subscribers need fast, convenient smartphone security protection
With a growing volume and diversity of cyber-attacks targeting smartphones and other devices attached to mobile networks, consumers need to ensure that their data and apps are adequately protected against theft, corruption and unauthorised access. Mobile network operators (MNOs) can play a central role in providing and maintaining those cybersecurity defences to ensure a safe […]
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5G roll-outs build foundation for eSports expansion
The steady expansion of fifth-generation (5G) mobile networks around the world gives telcos and mobile network operators (MNOs) the platform to establish a strong presence in the electronic sports (eSports) arena. Market research firm Omdia estimates that global eSports revenue expanded almost 17% between 2019 and 2020 to be worth US$1.4bn. Though that is a […]
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Cloud gaming set for rapid ascension
Cloud gaming platforms allow people to play the latest titles on smartphones and other devices wherever they happen to represent a significant opportunity for telcos looking to establish stickier subscriber relationships and improve average drive-up revenue per user (ARPU). The latest estimates from gaming market research firm Newzoo suggest that cloud gaming services generated around […]