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Lead Story

Fed looks to online real-time payments, eventually

Patti Murphy
ProScribes Inc.

News

Industry Update

Who's to blame for Apple Pay fraud?

Lack of EMV readiness continues, EMVCo steps up

Mobile World Congress 2015 extols innovation, inclusion

Visa Checkout used by 3 billion, plans worldwide expansion

Technology experts weigh in on future of POS

Features

EMV 101 for merchants

Every second counts

ISOMetrics:
What's trending in payments?

Views

The bygone era of clicks

Dale S. Laszig
DSL Direct LLC

Embedding generosity in the fabric of payments

Thom Aldredge
World Gift Card

EMV implementation details urgently needed

Ken Musante
Eureka Payments LLC

Education

Street SmartsSM:
Goodbye until hello

Tom Waters and Ben Abel
Bank Associates Merchant Services

Use big-data resources to better serve, retain merchants

Billy Hubbard
Swipely

Mobile payments: Enabling merchants for today, preparing them for tomorrow

Michael Gavin
Cayan

Company Profile

Signature Card Services

New Products

PCI-validated, comprehensive security package

SecurePCI Validated P2PE
ANXeBusiness

Two-sided mobile solution for buyers, sellers

InvisiPay
InvisiCorp., Inc.

Inspiration

A different sort of snow job

Departments

Readers Speak

Resource Guide

Datebook

A Bigger Thing

The Green Sheet Online Edition

March 23, 2015  •  Issue 15:03:02

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Mobile World Congress 2015 extols innovation, inclusion

More than 93,000 attendees and 2,000 exhibitors from 200 countries gathered in Barcelona, Spain, March 2 through 5 for Mobile World Congress 2015. Event host Groupe Speciale Mobile stated the event achieved an attendance record for this coalition of mobile operators established in 1982 and focused on Europe's expanding mobile ecosystem.

Promising advances

Innovations in mobile network connectivity, apps and hardware were showcased during the three-day event. Believing this augurs well for the future, GSM Chief Executive Officer John Hoffman, stated, "The industry has come a long way over the last decade, and we look forward to seeing the changes that will occur over the next 10 years."

Additionally, several technology leaders introduced programs designed to bring mobile technologies to underdeveloped countries. Payments industry analysts expect many of the new products and financial inclusion initiatives will drive mobile payment adoption in both existing and emerging markets worldwide.

Emerging trends

Following are key trends explored at the conference that will impact the emerging payments sphere.

Emerging markets join the mobile bandwagon

A number of strategic initiatives and products designed to bring mobile connectivity to emerging markets were also a focal point of the conference. An array of affordable mobile devices included the $23 Cherry Mobile Ace, $40 Orange Klif mobile phones, and Microsoft Lumia 640 and 640XL smartphones priced at around $200.

Noting that only one-third of the civilized world has access to the Internet, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook seeks to collaborate with technology leaders, nonprofits and local communities to improve those numbers.

In his keynote address, MasterCard Worldwide CEO Ajay Banga said, "[B]ecause of technology, because of the roles we in this room play, we can help shape the arc of history to bend it towards financial inclusion and greater human progress."

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