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Streaming video disrupting live sports broadcasting
Amazon has been steadily increasing the number of live sports broadcasts it offers as part of its Prime Video subscription package over the last few years. And its strategy may represent yet another challenge for cable TV amid the growing popularity of their streaming video services with consumers. Amazon subscribers in the US get access […]
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mCommerce needs smarter fraud protection
Online sales have boomed during the pandemic, but so too has eCommerce fraud as hackers prey on people new to online shopping who have little choice but to buy more of their goods and services over the Internet as physical stores have remained closed. Figures compiled by risk management and research firm Lexis Nexis last […]
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Healthy growth for direct carrier billing to continue
The value of goods and services purchased using direct carrier billing (DCB) will steadily increase over the next five years, reports research company Omdia (formerly Ovum). However, electronic wallets (eWallets) are fast becoming a significant contender in the well-contested alternative payments space. Omdia’s Global Carrier-Billing Forecast Report, 2020-25, observes renewed interest in DCB on account […]
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The delicate balance between SVOD ARPU and user growth
The declining average revenue per user (ARPU) for subscription video on demand (SVOD) services like Disney+ and Netflix reflect the intense competition for subscribers amongst streaming service providers. And they also exacerbate the continuing imbalance of income provided by current tariff structures set against the high cost of creating new, unique and exclusive content to […]
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COVID-19 pushes QR code payment adoption
Most contactless payments saw a surge in adoption in 2020, and QR codes were in the vanguard. Smartphone-enabled apps appear to have gained particular traction with smaller retailers and merchants, which found they could quickly deploy cashless QR codes to address COVID-19 concerns and lockdown restrictions without installing additional point of sale (POS) infrastructure. It […]
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Health and fitness apps becoming lifestyle choice for many
Downloads of health and fitness apps usually follow a time-honoured tradition that sees them peak every January as consumers make commitments to losing weight after the Christmas period’s excesses. But the onset of coronavirus at the beginning of 2020 dramatically altered the usual pattern. App Annie reports that April 2020 saw the most significant spike […]
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Apple and Google respond to developer concerns
Developers worldwide are applauding Apple and Google after the two companies announced they would halve the commission fees they charge for mobile apps monetised through their app stores. In a recent interview over a podcast, Apple CEO Tim Cook remarked how the app store had powered a half-a-trillion dollar economy with over a million app […]
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The US ahead of Canada in digital payments
FIS Worldpay’s latest Generation Pay Report provides an in-depth look at how consumers in the US and Canada paid for their in-store and online shopping in 2020, with insights split into four age groups – Gen Z (18-23yr olds); millennials (24-39); Gen X (40-54); and baby boomers (55-73). It found the use of mobile and […]
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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 […]
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Vietnam switching to Internet TV channels
The growing availability of high-speed mobile Internet networks and smartphones in Vietnam is pushing significant changes in the way people watch TV shows and movies in the country. So too are increased sales of smart TVs as consumers prefer to buy devices on which they can download apps that give them access to over the […]