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M-payments and m-commerce enjoyed a high profile at MWC 2016, and ad blocking once again came to the fore, sparking heated debate.


  • IoT presents a big opportunity for embedded payments, and MWC 2016 showed that a supporting ecosystem is taking shape to drive the market, with demos, partnerships, and service announcements spanning payments for connected cars, household appliances, wearables, and other items.

Features and Benefits

  • Assesses the key trends emerging around digital payments and the Internet of Things, including connected cars.
  • Explains how biometrics are changing m-payments security dynamics and user experience.

Key questions answered

  • Why is network-level ad blocking so controversial? Why do operators want to implement it?
  • How is the ecosystem for IoT payments developing and who is driving it?
  • What were the key developments for mobile payments in emerging markets?

Table of contents

Ovum view

  • Summary
  • IoT payments failing to address genuine needs will become short-lived gimmicks
  • MWC cements biometrics as a cornerstone technology for m-payments
  • Emerging markets to benefit from new partnerships
  • Ad blocking raises the heat – again


  • Further reading
  • Author

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