Asia-Pacific leads world in use of finance apps | Ecobank forecasts major growth through mobile in Nigeria | LG brings G6 smartphone to Brazil
17 May 2017
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Asia-Pacific leads world in use of finance apps
The Asia-Pacific region accounted for 110 billion finance app sessions in 2016, far ahead of Europe and the US, according to App Annie.
The Drum (Scotland) (16 May.) 
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Ecobank forecasts major growth through mobile in Nigeria
Ecobank Transnational is betting big on mobile in Nigeria even as it closes physical branches. The bank anticipates customer growth will exceed a fivefold increase over five years as internet access spreads across the country.
Bloomberg (10 May.) 
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LG brings G6 smartphone to Brazil
LG Electronics has added Brazil's Vivo, Claro and TIM to the 31 telecom companies across Latin America through which the G6 smartphone is now available. By the second half of 2017, LG will start manufacturing the handsets in Brazil for local buyers instead of shipping from other countries.
ZDNet (11 May.) 
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Integrated Marketing
Pepsi teams with Alibaba in Asia
Pepsi teams with Alibaba in Asia
(Tim Boyle/Getty Images)
Pepsi is looking to grow in Asia in a new deal with China's Alibaba. The partnership will allow Pepsi to explore various marketing innovations, including customized products and integrated omnichannel strategies.
Licensing.biz (12 May.) 
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MTV Play enters Europe through Belgium, Netherlands
Dutch and Belgian fans of Viacom's MTV can now access the on-the-go MTV Play mobile app for video on demand. The app is the first Play Plex product for the MTV brand in Europe.
Broadband TV News (09 May.) 
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Market Trends & Research
Mobile banking takes off in Brazil
Banking via mobile device nearly doubled in Brazil last year as consumers grew more confident in the technology. In the country, 42 million bank accounts are now mobile enabled, and nearly 10 million account holders use them heavily.
ZDNet (12 May.) 
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Mobile games to drive Korea's market
Korea's game development market is growing rapidly, especially in the case of mobile games, per data from Korea Creative Content Agency. Independent game developers are working to make inroads in this market as well.
The Korea Herald (Seoul) (12 May.) 
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MMA International News
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