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Mobile chipset/platform manufacturer Qualcomm plays an important role in facilitating the next generation mobile technology platform and the internet of things (IoT). As a leading partner of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), Qualcomm enables emerging smartphone brands and connected device manufacturers to expand their global market and product footprint beyond phones into connected ecosystems, explains Jay Srage, President East Europe and MEA, Qualcomm, speaking to Telecom Review.

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Analyzing data is essential to successful smart city services, Labib Matta, chief business officer at NXN, told Telecom Review. Once a smart city consulting firm, NXN has grown into a full-fledged digital service provider with a list of heavyweight clients. Smart data analytics is the "key cornerstone" of NXN's services, said Matta - the essential component of its growing digital services portfolio.

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Bango, the leading mobile payments company, announces that it has enabled mobile operator Viva Kuwait to upgrade its Google Play carrier billing from a direct integration to the Bango Platform. Kuwaiti customers will enjoy the enhanced performance delivered through the Bango Platform, while developers selling through the Google Play store in Kuwait will see increased sales from Viva customers through the Bango Boost program.

Viva Kuwait is the latest in a series of upgrades from direct connections to the Bango Platform. Operators want to grow the value of their app store business by attracting new users, boosting support for top spending customers and opening-up their customer base to developer marketing. The Bango Platform provides data for operators and developers to segment and develop the app store customer base, which drives-up activity and revenue levels.

More mobile operators are choosing the Bango Platform to run their Google Play carrier billing business, to benefit from the advances in payment technology that Bango uniquely brings. The first generation of app store carrier billing activations was dominated by direct connections. But a bilateral connection between operator and store creates a payment route "silo", so it does not benefit from the continuous improvements to payment performance that are generated through an industry-wide, multi-party platform.

"As technology matures, it trends towards standardization," commented Anil Malhotra, Chief Marketing Officer at Bango. "A standard platform for alternative payments means that merchants can scale-up faster using known, reliable technology at low costs of deployment. This is what the Bango Platform provides, giving operators a way to achieve higher revenues from app stores than they can secure through direct integrations."