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Mideast, Africa to see biggest growth as global broadband surges
Millennials want fast broadband, Wi-Fi
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The Middle East and Africa will see the sharpest rates of growth as mobile broadband subscriptions globally nearly double to 8.3 billion by 2022, according to a report by Ericsson. Meanwhile, potential broadband coverage is projected to grow from the current 80% of the world's population to 95% by 2022.
Recode (18 Jun.) 
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Break The Prisoner's Dilemma in Mobile Ad Fraud
Unfortunately, in the mobile marketing ecosystem, fighting fraud is widely talked about, but when it comes to actions rather than words, no one has a real incentive to truly fight back. Read More to find out what needs to be done to make a change.
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Campaigns & Strategies
Alibaba debuts on list of cloud competitors
China's Alibaba, which launched an international cloud last year, is No. 4 for execution ability in its first appearance on Gartner's report on the state of the public cloud. Analysts say Alibaba Cloud's international option "has a limited track record and does not have the full capabilities or performance of the China offering," which is a market leader.
CNBC (15 Jun.) 
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Facebook Messenger's AI assistant offers Spanish option
Facebook Messenger users in Mexico and the US who prefer Spanish now have that option for receiving suggestions from Messenger's M assistant. The features uses artificial intelligence to analyze conversations -- now in Spanish as well as English -- and make relevant suggestions.
VentureBeat (13 Jun.) 
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Integrated Marketing
Cabify pursues funds to extend market reach
Spain-based Cabify is looking to extend its ride-sharing service in existing markets, especially in Latin America, as it seeks $300 million in additional funding. A variety of investors may show interest, especially in anticipation of a possible initial public offering.
Bloomberg (16 Jun.) 
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Konnect Africa offers broadband via satellite
Konnect Africa is looking to boost broadband connectivity in Nigeria and cover most of sub-Saharan Africa by offering broadband connectivity via satellite to telecoms and internet service providers. The company's services include pay-as-you-go models and Wi-Fi hot spots.
AllAfrica Global Media (16 Jun.) 
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Market Trends & Research
Report: VR to lead growth pace in UK entertainment, media
Survey: 23% of schools use virtual reality
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Virtual reality is expected to see the fastest pace of growth as revenue in the UK's entertainment and media sector builds from £62 billion last year to £72 billion in 2021, according to a PwC study. The report projects 16 million VR headsets in the UK by 2021, the vast majority of which will use a smartphone.
International Business Times (14 Jun.) 
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Studies: China championing hack-proof quantum internet
China is the leader when it comes to quantum internet networks and improving protections against hacking worldwide, according to a report published in the journal Science. The most-secure network is still likely a decade away though, according to experts.
PJMedia (19 Jun.),  CBC News (Canada) (18 Jun.) 
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MMA International News
The competition to reach consumers is fierce – so is a Smarties Award
The MMA Smarties Awards is the only global mobile marketing awards program honoring innovation, creativity and success. New this year, the MMA Smarties Index, developed in partnership with WARC, will analyze winner and finalist campaign data from all the Smarties programs around the world to identify and rank the industry’s agencies, marketers and brands delivering the biggest business impact. Trust us – you'll want to be on this list.

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Mobile is a cultural shift. It's a revolution. It's innovation. Mobile is a game changer. At MMA SM2 Innovation Summit, you will learn how to make mobile work for your organization. With connected devices and the latest mobile-enabled technologies (IoT, augmented and virtual realities, artificial intelligence and 360 video), the opportunities are endless. In this new era of the Mobile Imperative, brand marketers must leverage mobile to achieve unprecedented consumer engagement or risk being left behind.

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