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Singapore’s three mobile network operators — M1, Singtel and StarHub — have adopted the GSMA's Mobile Connect authentication standard enabling their customers to access a variety of online services with their mobile number. The Mobile Connect service is already used in 22 other countries

With Mobile Connect users follow a series interactive prompts on the mobile phone to confirm their identity using their mobile number, combined with a unique personal code for online transactions that require greater levels of security. No information is made available to online service providers without users' permission.

In a joint statement the three telcos said: “Mobile Connect will free customers from having to manage multiple usernames and passwords for every online account. With Mobile Connect, mobile customers can look forward to creating a universal trusted digital identity for convenient and secure access to compatible telecommunications, banking, e-commerce, entertainment, government and travel services and applications.”

They cited research from the GSMA suggesting that 87 percent of consumers leave a website when asked to register and that, not surprisingly “they also face difficulties remembering their growing list of usernames and passwords, with 40 percent using the 'forget password' feature monthly.”

The telcos says the service will also benefit online service providers. “They will be able to offer simpler sign-ups, reduce customer frustration and abandoned transactions due to authentication issues, and increase the likelihood of repeat business.”

To support adoption, M1, Singtel and StarHub are building a unified platform to enable easy integration with online service providers through a common Mobile Connect Application Program Interface (API).  They expect to announce the first wave of supported online services in the second half of 2017.

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GSMA launches Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2017

Written on Wednesday, 23 November 2016 08:46

The GSMA announced the first details of the 2017 GSMA Mobile World Congress Shanghai, including confirmed exhibitors and sponsors, as well as a range of programs and activities taking place at the annual mobile industry event. Under the theme of “The Human Element”, Mobile World Congress Shanghai will be held from Wednesday, 28 June through Saturday, 1 July 2017 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC).

The GSMA expects that more than 65,000 attendees will participate in the Shanghai event, including professionals from across the mobile industry and adjacent sectors, as well as consumers. “We are excited to be returning to Shanghai for what will be our most extensive Asia event yet,” said Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA. “We have increased the show’s footprint from four to seven halls at the SNIEC to accommodate additional exhibitors, events and experiences, and we’ve also expanded the opening hours of the Mobile World Congress Shanghai “Experience Halls” to four days to address growing consumer demand. We look forward to again welcoming the mobile world to Shanghai.”

International Smart City Expo To Be Part of Mobile World Congress Shanghai

The GSMA has signed an agreement with Pudong New Area Commission of Commerce, Pudong Science and Economy Commission and Shanghai Wistropolitan Exhibition Company Limited to incorporate The International Smart City Expo – Shanghai Pudong in Mobile World Congress Shanghai.

Ma Xuejie, Vice Chairman of Pudong New Area Commission of Commerce and Zhang Aiping, Vice Chairman of Pudong Science and Economy Commission commented, “We are very pleased to be cooperating even more closely with the GSMA. Pudong will demonstrate its strength in the areas of technology innovation and free trade, and promote Pudong as a leader in smart tourism, smart community and smart exhibition. Further we will work to accelerate the exchange of science and technology within the industry, underscoring the service capabilities of the New District Government.”

Mobile World Congress Shanghai to Showcase more than 650 Companies

This year, the Mobile World Congress Shanghai exhibition is expanding to seven halls at the SNIEC, including both “Industry Halls” and “Experience Halls”. As always, the exhibition at Mobile World Congress Shanghai will showcase innovative products, services and technologies that are shaping the future of mobile from across the mobile ecosystem, as well as adjacent industry sectors such as automotive and consumer electronics. Confirmed exhibitors include Alibaba, China Unicom, Cisco Systems, CITIC Telecom, CTTIC, Datang Telecom, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, HTC, Huawei Technologies, LeEco, My Kronoz, NEC, Nokia Shanghai Bell, Oberthur Technologies, Qualcomm, Snail Mobile, Sony, Visa, Volkswagen and ZTE, among others. The show floor will also feature regional pavilions including Israel, Korea, Taiwan and Thailand.

The GSMA Innovation City will again be a highlight of the Mobile World Congress Shanghai exhibition, with Akyumen, HID, Huawei and MyFC confirmed as leading partners. In this unique space, attendees will immerse themselves in technology-led experiences that illustrate how mobile-connected products and services are improving the daily lives of citizens and businesses. From home to office, from connected cars to global transport logistics, the Innovation City provides key insights on the future of mobility.

Launched at Shanghai in 2016, 4 Years From Now (4YFN) and the Youth Mobile Festival (YoMo) will both return to Mobile World Congress Shanghai. Bringing together more than 100 local and international startups, 4YFN will continue to focus on promoting the development of international entrepreneurial talent in Asia. YoMo will again provide an engaging, fun and hands-on educational experience for young people and families. In addition to 4YFN and YoMo, the exhibition will include focused areas such as the Gaming Zone, Device City and the Drone Zone.

Conference to Explore Latest Mobile Trends and Topics

The three-day conference at Mobile World Congress Shanghai will be held 28-30 June and will explore topics such as 5G, connecting the unconnected, digital commerce, digital content, disruptive technologies, enterprise mobility, mobile and media, the Internet of Things and mobile identity and privacy, next-generation networks, security, virtual reality and augmented reality among others.The Call for Papers for the Mobile World Congress Shanghai conference is now open.

Mobile World Congress Shanghai: Largest Carbon Neutral Event in Asia

Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2016 has been officially certified by the British Standards Institute as carbon neutral under the international PAS 2060 standard, reinforcing its position as the largest carbon neutral exhibition and conference in Asia. For 2016, the GSMA implemented a range of measures to reduce emissions for Mobile World Congress Shanghai, resulting in a greenhouse gas reduction of more than 54 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent. To offset the total remaining carbon footprint of approximately 18,300 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent, the GSMA is supporting United Nations-certified projects including a wind power project in Liaoning province in China, as well as a small hydropower project in Guanxi province, China.


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India now world’s number two smartphone market

Written on Thursday, 27 October 2016 10:46

A new report from the GSMA, The Mobile Economy: India 2016 says India has surpassed the USA to become the world’s second-largest smartphone market with an installed base of 275 million devices and that at the end of June 2016 it had 616 million unique users. The report is tipping India to have one billion unique mobile subscribers by 2020.

The report says greater affordability, falling device prices and operator investments in network coverage and quality will all help India reach the one billion mark by 2020, lifting the country’s penetration rate to 68 per cent of the population (up from 47 per cent in 2015).

“India is also seeing an ongoing technology shift to mobile broadband services; the number of 3G/4G mobile broadband connections is forecast to reach more than 670 million by 2020, 48 per cent of the total connection base,” GSMA says.

“There will also be an accelerating move to 4G over this period. The number of 4G connections is forecast to grow rapidly, growing from just three million at the end of 2015 to 280 million by 2020. In addition, the industry is set to invest heavily, with operator CAPEX growing to $34 billion for the period 2016 to 2020.”

However, Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA said that, to fully realize India’s tremendous market potential, there was a need for review and reform in key areas, including modernizing regulation and long-term planning for spectrum allocation to “accelerate mobile broadband access and adoption across the country.”

According to the report, with the convergence of technologies and services and the emergence of internet players, India will benefit by modernizing regulation to the realities of this new digital ecosystem by thoroughly reviewing the current licensing framework and removing outdated and ineffective regulations.

“In addition, without sufficient spectrum, mobile services will struggle to meet demand and networks unable to deliver a satisfactory internet experience,” it says. “The government should continue to free up identified available spectrum for mobile broadband growth.”

The report says that, in 2015, India’s mobile industry generated economic value equivalent to 6.5 percent of the country’s GDP, a contribution that amounts to more than $140 billion. This includes both the direct economic activity generated by mobile operators and the ecosystem of mobile industries in India. This contribution is expected to grow to $210 billion by 2020.

“Mobile operators and the ecosystem provided direct employment to approximately 2.2 million people in India, as well as indirectly supporting 1.8 million additional jobs in other industries and sectors that benefit from the activity of the mobile industry, particularly in the direct supply chain. This brings the total impact of the mobile industry to nearly 4 million jobs in 2015,” the report says.


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Asia, led by India, driving the mobile ecosystem

Written on Sunday, 09 October 2016 09:31

The GSMA — which represents 800 mobile operators and 300 companies in the mobile ecosystem — has launched its inaugural Global Mobile Trends report, saying it shows Asia is now the growth engine of the mobile ecosystem.

It estimates that more than one billion additional people worldwide will be connected to mobile networks by 2020, and that a third of these will come from India “underlining the country’s increasing position as the world’s most significant mobile growth market, overtaking China.”

China is forecast to add more than 200 million subscribers and the report says there will also be major net subscriber contributions from Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Myanmar. In total these six Asian markets will account for approximately 60 percent of the 1.1 billion new subscribers added globally by the end of the decade.

The GSMA says new mobile subscribers are more likely to be younger and are also more likely to be ‘mobile-first’ or ‘mobile-only’ Internet users. “Today 46 percent of the global population is using mobile phones to access the Internet, a figure forecast to increase to 60 per cent by 2020. As there will only be a minimal increase in the number of fixed Internet households over this period, the increase in mobile phone ownership will therefore be the key factor driving global Internet penetration.”

The GSMA says the increasing availability and affordability of 3G/4G devices and networks is also contributing to this phenomenon. The study indicates that smartphones may now be the most commonly owned consumer electronics device. Smartphone penetration in the UK now stands at 71 percent of mobile connections, at 75 percent in the US, and above 80 percent in some Asian markets such as South Korea and Singapore.

Revenue from mobile services worldwide is forecast to grow by around two percent annually through to 2020. The GSMA says organic revenue growth is slowing in line with slowing subscriber growth, but is being offset by new revenue opportunities resulting from rising mobile Internet adoption and the move to higher-speed networks.

It projects annual revenue from voice, SMS and mobile data combined to surpass $1.5 trillion by 2020. However, as a proportion of overall mobile ecosystem revenue, the contribution from these services will fall from 41 percent today to 38 percent by 2025. By contrast, revenue from content services such as Netflix and Spotify  will increase from three percent of ecosystem revenue today to 17 percent by 2025.

The GSMA says it plans to publish this report annually to provide insights on the mobile ecosystem that will help the industry identify future areas of growth and innovation. The report is available as a free download via: www.gsma.com/globalmobiletrends.

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GSMA’s Mobile Connect authentication launched in India

Written on Thursday, 21 July 2016 07:45

Six of India’s mobile network operators — Aircel, Bharti Airtel, Idea, Tata Teleservices Ltd, Telenor and Vodafone — are now offering Mobile Connect, the GSMA’s mobile-based authentication service, making it available to more than 800 million consumers across India.

Mobile Connect enables customers to create and manage a digital universal identity via a single login. The service securely authenticates users, enabling them to digitally confirm their identity and their credentials and grant safe online access to mobile and digital services. It works by employing the user’s unique mobile number, combined with a unique PIN for more secure use cases, to verify and grant online access.

The GSMA said Mobile Connect would be used by a wide range of digital service providers including GaneshaSpeaks, GoIbibo, Trupay, Twigly, Zee Digital Group and Zomato, covering areas such as commerce, finance and banking, health services, media and entertainment and travel and hospitality. “Additionally, business-to-business Mobile Connect services have been deployed by BuyHatke and Times Mobile Ltd., enabled by mXpresso and will help to prevent fraud installations and fake application downloads,” GSMA said.

“Apigee and WSO2.Telco have provided technology to easily integrate Mobile Connect with the operators’ networks, so that users of any mobile network offering Mobile Connect can log in and be authorized for any application.”

GSMA Director General, Mats Granryd, said: “Today’s launch marks the culmination of a year-long collaboration amongst the Indian MNOs to deliver a single, intuitive and secure mobile-based authentication solution that enables hundreds of millions of consumers to safely and seamlessly access online services on their mobile devices without worrying about privacy or passwords.”

Indian mobile subscribers will initially be able to access Mobile Connect services, including login and self-care apps, from their operator’s website and in the future, anywhere they see the Mobile Connect logo. In addition to the operators’ websites, the GSMA has launched a portal (www.mobileconnect.in) where Indian consumers can find further information on Mobile Connect and tutorials on how they can use it.

The GSMA said the launch of Mobile Connect in India would extend the global momentum behind the solution. “Today 42 operators in 22 countries around the world are implementing Mobile Connect, making it available to nearly three billion customers.”


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