New regional hub will support African mobile innovation, deliver market analysis and connect African business to global mobile industry
MEF, the global community for mobile content and commerce, has launched a dedicated regional office in association with Vodacom to help promote African mobile growth and showcase innovation.
Headquartered in Johannesburg, the MEF Africa Office will serve as a hub for the trade association’s growing African membership. A MEF member steering committee from across the African mobile ecosystem has already been constituted to drive the regional agenda.
With a mandate to help drive mobile growth and innovation at both a continental and country level MEF Africa will advance regional market initiatives aimed at boosting consumer trust and promoting monetisation as well as providing business development and dedicated analytics across the Africa region.
MEF’s Global Consumer Survey 2012 released last week underlined Africa’s status as a major growth market and early adopter of mobile content and commerce services with 95% of mobile media users in South Africa engaging in mobile content and commerce activity, more than either the US or China.
As well as analytics and regional initiatives, MEF Connects events and programming will connect regional and global mobile stakeholders. MEF Africa is part of the MEF EMEA (Europe Middle East & Africa) Chapter.
MEF’s 2012 Global Consumer Survey to be released next week affirms Africa’s stature as a ‘mobile first’ continent with 96% of South African mobile media users stating that their mobile phone plays an important role in their lives (the highest response of the 10 countries surveyed). Africa also plays a pivotal role in driving mobile innovation as an instrument of consumer empowerment and social inclusion. MEF’s annual global awards, the Meffys, this year acknowledged Africa’s contribution to the mobile industry in numerous areas including social responsibility & development; content & mobile banking.
Rimma Perelmuter, MEF Executive Director said: “With such diverse innovation originating in the African continent, it is clear that Africa offers the mobile industry a strategic opportunity to learn and do business. There is already strong MEF membership in the region and as an organisation, MEF brings with it over a decade of heritage as a truly global trade body which has established vibrant local chapters in some of the most diverse and challenging markets in the world.
“By launching MEF Africa, in association with Vodacom, we will provide an essential hub for mobile companies throughout the African mobile ecosystem and beyond. A dedicated Steering Committee will provide a strong platform to drive the regional agenda and ensure that the newest MEF office showcases home grown innovation, undertakes relevant initiatives and connects local businesses to MEF’s global member base.”
According to Prins Mhlanga, Managing Executive of Vodacom Digital Media, “MEF has a lot to offer to the telecommunications industry and consumers who stand to benefit from the innovations that will emanate from its initiatives and analytics. Its expertise in commissioning and producing unique reports in the international mobile arena is invaluable and its ability to bring together industry leaders to collectively progress opportunities will benefit the local and African market. We’re pleased to be associated with MEF’s initiative.”