Take on MWC 2014 with The MEF Pavilion

Kim Arazi, Global Director of Events at MEF is already planning Mobile World Congress 2014, developing new benefits exclusive to MEF members. UPDATE: After a positive response, MEF Members now have until Wednesday the 17th July to confirm their interest and secure their place on the MEF Pavilion - Contact us now! Aching feet, hunger, exhaustion, crowds, no wi-fi, hunger, perpetually getting lost, queues, hunger… No - this isn’t a description of trekking up Mount Kilimanjaro or braving a rainy Saturday at the mall, but rather an average day at the industry’s definitive global trade event: … [Read more...]

Andrew Bud: How the world is banking on mobile

Andrew Bud

MEF Global Chair Andrew Bud takes a closer look at the data uncovered by MEF's research on mobile banking globally, and draws some interesting conclusions. MEF's Global Consumer Survey of nearly 10,000 mobile users in 10 countries is proving to be an inexhaustible source of insight into the changing world of mobile content and commerce.  Recently we were reviewing the detailed data regarding mobile banking worldwide in 2012, and some fascinating patterns became apparent. I recently spoke to Finextra, the website for the worldwide financial technology community, who wanted to get some detailed … [Read more...]

MEF MWC 2013 Briefing: Consumer Trust in Mobile Applications – Part 2

Here is part 2 of our podcast recorded at this year's Mobile World Congress, featuring the roundtable discussion on mobile privacy. Featuring a panel of industry luminaries from MEF’s Privacy in Mobile Apps Working Group including Brendan Eich of Mozilla, Chris Davies, General Counsel EMEA and Head of Privacy at InMobi and Nick Graham, a Partner at law firm SNR Denton. The session is moderated by Mobile Money Revolution's Tim Green. Listen or download now: MEFTV spoke with Nick Graham and Todd Daubert of Dentons (nee, SNR Denton) after the briefing to find out more about the legal … [Read more...]

MEF MWC 2013 Briefing: Consumer Trust in Mobile Applications – Part 1

After 2012's hugely popular panel on consumer trust, MEF's briefing session for MWC this year was held in Barcelona in association with Kaspersky Lab. Part 1, widgetised for your listening pleasure below, features Denis Maslennikov, Senior Malware Analyst at Kaspersky, explaining the latest mobile malware threats affecting app consumers, and Simon Bates of MEF presenting the findings of the MEF Global Privacy Survey 2013. Listen or download now: MEFTV spoke with Denis just before the briefing, to get the lowdown on his presentation and the kind of threats he would be talking … [Read more...]

MEFTV @ MWC – Andrew Bud, MEF Global Chair

MEFTV took to the halls of MWC again for 2013, speaking to MEF members about their businesses and their MWC exhibits & announcements. In this video, MEF Global Chair Andrew Bud gives an overview of the week from the MEF perspective, and shares his impressions on the show. For more MEFTV videos from MWC 2013 - checkout our Youtube channel. … [Read more...]

MEF Connects MWC 2013 Photos

Over 500 MEF members and invited guests from 55 countries rocked the MACBA (that's the Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona to you) at our 11th annual MEF Connects MWC 2013. The glitzy new venue provided a quality backdrop for our guests to undertake some serious networking, formed of  a broad variety of our global membership from across the mobile value chain for a truly international evening. Check out a selection of photos from the party below. … [Read more...]

MEF Member Survey – Win tickets to MEF Connects MWC 2013

MEF is conducting a global survey of its members for 2013.The business needs of such a diverse international member community are varied and changing, and MEF is committed to optimising its membership services accordingly. The online survey takes around ten minutes to complete and all participating members will receive a synopsis of the results, offering a strategic insight snapshot across the global community.If you would rather speak to a real person, you can also carry out the survey over the phone in order to discuss your plans and views in more detail with a member of the MEF team. If … [Read more...]

MEF unveils mobile predictions for 2013

Happy New Year from MEF Blog! MEF has kicked things off for us in 2013 by unveiling its mobile predictions for the year ahead. Leveraging the collective wisdom of its global board members and insights from the 2012 Global Consumer Survey, MEF has come up with 10 key mobile trends to watch for in 2013, including the growth of convenience as a key driver, Trust as a critical asset and the role of big data. Andrew Bud, MEF Global Chair, said: ”2012 saw continued expansion and diversification of the mobile content and commerce industry, particularly in growth markets such as Africa and Latin … [Read more...]

Global Consumer Survey 2012 – Register now for the Webinar

Date: Wednesday 28th November Time: 11AM GMT / 12PM CET / 1PM South Africa / 2PM Qatar / 4.30PM India / 7PM Singapore Register now As part of the 2012 Global Consumer Survey release MEF is hosting a one-hour webinar to present the key findings from this year’s 10-country study and to discuss the opportunities and challenges presented by the survey. Moderated by report author Tim Green of Mobile Money Revolution, MEF’s research partner On Device Research will present the findings of the 2012 behavioural and usage mobile content and commerce survey, offering a deep-dive into the data … [Read more...]

MEF Global Consumer Survey 2012 Infographic

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MEFTV – CEO Summit 2012

In this video from the MEF CEO Summit 2012, held at London City Hall last month, Chris Smith of the Guardian Media Network speaks to Brendan Eich, Co-Founder & CTO of Mozilla for MEF TV. In the interview, Brendan discusses the origins and benefits of the Firefox OS and Mozilla's plans for the future in the mobile space. The MEF CEO Summit, an annual invite-only, closed door event, has fast established itself as one of the essential occasions of the year for gaining insight, sharing knowledge and networking at the highest level of the mobile content and commerce industry. Find out … [Read more...]

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MEFTV Meets the 2012 Meffys Winners

MEFTV was waiting in the wings at last month's Meffys award celebrations, ready to speak to the winners as they left the stage. The 9th annual Meffys Gala Dinner was attended by an international audience of top industry executives and media. Widely recognised as being the benchmark for measuring success and rewarding innovation, the awards honour the industry’s most influential global players. One of the most keenly anticipated awards was the CEO Summit award for Innovation - the winner of which, Bardowl, was voted for by the attending CEOs and executives at MEF's CEO Summit held in City … [Read more...]

Thanks to Guardian Media Network for supporting Meffys 2012 as Platinum Media Partner

Another year, another great Meffy Awards. Teaming up with the Meffy's team as Platinum Media Partner was a perfectly suited collaboration: working to bring together leading media executives from around the world - over 35 countries - and supporting the new categories such as the Social Responsibility & Development Awards, reflects what the Guardian Media Network is all about.As Platinum Media Partner we hope you had a chance to meet one of our Media Network team and find out more about this rapidly growing platform. In case you didn’t hear, the Guardian Media Network is a unique community … [Read more...]

Pioneering work in mobile banking in growth markets Hannes Van Rensburg awarded MEF’s Outstanding Contribution Award at the 2012 Meffys

Last week’s Meffys awards once again brought together a mix of the mobile industry’s top industry executives and media for a gala dinner at London’s Park Lane Hotel. The annual event marks a year of mobile innovation and success from companies across the mobile ecosystem and with winners representing all five continents. A key highlight of the Meffys is the Outstanding Contribution Award which honours an industry pioneer and visionary who has had a seminal impact on mobile content and commerce. This year’s winner reflects MEF’s expanded focus to support growth and innovation within mobile … [Read more...]

Meffys 2012 – Just 4 days to enter!

The deadline for entries to this year's Meffys awards is fast approaching, but there is still time to get your entry to us. In case you need some last minute inspiration, check out MEFTV's interview with one of the head judges, mobile guru Helen Keegan, who shares some great do's and don'ts that may prove invaluable when putting your entry together. Get your entries to us before the 6pm deadline this Thursday the 19th to be in with a chance to be a part of the mobile industry's most coveted award celebrations.  … [Read more...]

Meffys 2012 – Just 2 weeks to go to enter!

With less than two weeks to go to submit entries for the 9th annual Meffys awards, MEFTV took to the streets of London to find out what consumers are doing with their phones, and what they think is best in mobile content and commerce.How will these views compare with those of the Meffys’ international panel of journalists, analysts and other independent industry experts? Will it be your company everyone is talking about on September 12th at the Meffys Gala Awards Dinner?Find out more about the 2012 Meffys Award Categories and how to enter today - Deadline for entries is Monday the 9th of July … [Read more...]

MEF Connects MWC 2012 – Save the Date!

MEF has announced the return of its legendary party held annually at MWC in Barcelona - mark the date in your diary now; Monday the 27th February (8PM) for MEF's return to the Picasso Museum, in association with Timwe.The exclusive MEF party, open only to MEF members and their invited guests, has in its time become the sought after ticket of the congress, and is in fact this year celebrating its 10th anniversary! So be sure to join us for an exciting night of cocktails, tapas, art, and of course, some seriously top-level networking. Although the tickets are still under lock and key for the … [Read more...]

MEF unveils Global Consumer Survey exploring habits of mobile phone users across five continents

The changing role of the mobile phone in everyday life from simple communications device to the indispensable multi-purpose tool we are familiar with today has been well documented. What the mobile device today is actually being used for by real consumers globally however remains less clear, and is explored in minute detail in The MEF Global Consumer Survey released in full today, which provides a fascinating insight into what kind of activities we are using our phones for.  From trends in accessing the internet via the mobile device to the dissection of mobile shopping and banking, the … [Read more...]

MEF releases its Top Ten Mobile Media Trends for 2010

The year 2009 was a turbulent one for the global economy. However, the mobile industry has weathered the storm remarkably well, as MEF’s quarterly Business Confidence Index (BCI) has shown. In the last BCI, the global mobile media industry predicted growth of 33% in the next year; although MEF believes that the industry has the potential to beat this projection.This time last year, MEF made a number of predictions that came to fruition in 2009. It predicted that mobile applications would emerge as a content category in their own right and with more than 24 application stores now launched and … [Read more...]