Hottest from MWC in Barcelona

Well Barca lost the game yesterday against Arsenal…even so this years mobile world congress in Barcelona had some hotties and here are some on mobile money;

  • Hottest topics and most talked about was “mobile as the wallet” and NFC being “the thing” and savior making it happen’.
  • Almost all big vendors promised NFC models this year and Samsung (Galaxy II) and Google (Nexus S) where amongst show stoppers on display. RIM announced that all (almost) new models announced from now will have NFC. Nothing but rumours from Apple and Sony Ericsson if/when they will join the race.
  • M-Pesa by Vodafone Group, Safaricom, Vodacom, Vodafone Essar Limited and Roshan Ltd, won again the award “Best Mobile Money for the Unbanked Service”.
  • Airtel Card by Airtel Africa, MasterCard Worldwide and Standard Chartered Bank, won the award “Best Mobile Money Product or Solution”.

So, now we only have to solve the security issues, get the eco system working, discuss regulations issues (especially transfers between countries and on multiple markets) and negotiate players involved and where and the business model..

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