DIMOCO Acquires Payment Division of Telekom New Media to Become the Leading Carrier Billing Aggregator in Hungary

DIMOCO, a leading payment institute for carrier billing services, today announces the acquisition of the premium SMS (PSMS) business of Telekom New Media Zrt., a subsidiary of Magyar Telekom Nyrt., the leading Hungarian telecommunications service provider. This acquisition solidifies DIMOCO’s position as the leading carrier billing provider in the Hungarian market.

“With our recent acquisitions of businesses in France, Greece and Italy, this is DIMOCO’s fourth customer acquisition in recent history, and our momentum is only growing stronger,” said Gerald Tauchner, DIMOCO president and CEO. From the very beginning, the Hungarian market has been one of the most strategic and relevant for DIMOCO’s expansion strategy. With strong traction in other countries and across the EU, we are now the market leader for billing digital content via the mobile phone in the country.”

The Hungarian market boasts a 109.3 percent handset penetration rate, as opposed to its 11.8 percent credit card acquisition rate.  With nearly 11 million handsets in circulation, this market is primed for the current and future opportunities made possible with DIMOCO carrier billing services.

DIMOCO had taken over the PSMS (premium SMS) aggregation business of Telekom New Media Zrt. in December 2015. The Hungarian company is specialized in mobile value added services and solutions, Telekom New Media Zrt., continues its operation on the market.

Flagship LATAM Media Show ABTA Back in Sao Paulo 29 June

ABTA, the leading event for Latin America’s pay-TV, broadband and media markets, is now in its 24th year and will once again focus on innovation in video services, new technologies, on-demand content distribution platforms such as IPTV and OTT as well as distribution of linear, non-linear and high-definition content.

This year the show is expecting more than 100 exhibitors and some 5,000 visitors from around the globe to converge on the Transamérica Expo Center in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The exhibition will be supported by a full three-day conference program featuring panel debates and keynote addresses from industry leaders.

Our top conference picks include:

  • Pay TV in a year of Olympics and challenges
  • User experience and digital services
  • Embracing the reality of on-demand content

Are you attending ABTA 2016? Share with us your thoughts on the key topics for this year’s event.

Cable Congress 2016 to Promote Disruption, Innovation and Engagement

Cable Congress 2016 will open its doors next week with a lot of changes from last year’s show. Reflecting an increased dynamism in the industry, each day of the event will be defined by a different keynote theme: Disruption, Innovation and Engagement.

The show is also placing emphasis on the networking opportunities presented to the expected 800 delegates. This includes the Congress Party along with roundtable debates and “speed networking” options, and the Cable Congress Gala Evening.

And when it comes to innovation, Cable Congress will also recognize the companies with the best and most innovative products at an award ceremony, as well as honour the dedication and contribution of an individual to the European cable industry.

Share with us what you want to see at the show this year.

Buyer’s Lab: Cortado Corporate Server enables complete, automated integration of Apple mobile devices into the corporate network

Unifying Standards for Media Streaming Across Multiple Devices

The rapidly growing market for media streaming is throwing up many challenges for operators and content owners to deliver OTT TV across multiple application and streaming, particularly with content owners currently having to produce and store identical content in a slightly different formats.

A milestone has been reached in finding a solution following the recent meeting of the Motion Picture Expert Group (MPEG) where a specification for the Common Media Application Format (CMAF) was agreed.

The new CMAF specification will eliminate that effort and at the same time improve overall interoperability and efficiency for content delivery networks (CDNs) with the ultimate result that viewers will enjoy an OTT even better experience.

The move to the new CMAF standard is anticipated to be swift as evidenced by leading industry players, including Edgeware, announcing support for the new format. You can read more here.

Cortado: Smartphone to Productivity Tool in Just 90 Seconds

Cortado Corporate Server enables complete, automated integration of Apple mobile devices into the corporate network

(DENVER, June 22 2016) – Cortado Mobile Solutions, provider of the enterprise mobility solution Cortado Corporate Server, today announces that its new version 8.0 FR 1 now supports Apple’s Device Enrollment Program (DEP). This makes it possible to automatically integrate iOS devices into the corporate network in only 90 seconds. Unlike other solutions, Cortado Corporate Server also automatically provides access to corporate resources, such as file access and the printing infrastructure. The need for IT departments to physically configure devices is eliminated, with no interaction necessary on the end-user side to set up iPhones and iPads.

More companies are moving towards the corporate-owned, personally enabled model (COPE), providing employees with mobile devices for personal and business use. Apple’s DEP is recommended to easily roll out these devices. To use this service, an appropriate mobile device management (MDM) solution that supports the service is required. Cortado Mobile Solutions has implemented this feature with the update to Cortado Corporate Server 8.0. Cortado’s product covers not just the mere initial operation of the devices, but also the automatic setup of access to corporate resources.

With the latest version of Cortado Corporate Server, manual MDM configuration of corporate-owned iOS devices is no longer necessary. In just one easy step, administrators can set up a large number of iOS devices, without physically having to be present with the devices. The devices can then be sent, still unopened, to employees on-site or bought by employees in branch offices from an official Apple partner and preconfigured for their setup. Nevertheless, companies keep full control over devices and data. The configuration set in Cortado Corporate Server is automatically transferred to the device. DEP increases security, because the devices always connect with Cortado Corporate Server. This means that if devices are lost or stolen, they are unable to be used by unauthorized persons. This is carried out at the operating level system and cannot be bypassed by users. In addition, DEP is the only way to place devices into Apple’s secure Supervised Mode “over the air”, without the need to physically configure devices.

“Our solution together with DEP allows IT departments to integrate iPhones and iPads in just a few moments into the corporate IT network with minimal effort,” said Armin Lungwitz, CIO at Cortado Mobile Solutions. “Cortado Corporate Server doesn’t cover just the setup of devices, but employees also work more productively right from the beginning, accessing documents and print infrastructure. And all this takes place automatically. Enterprise mobility has never been this easy.

The company has created a short video to show how DEP works: http://corporateserver.cortado.com/dep-video

More information about Cortado Corporate Server 8.0 FR 1 and DEP as well as a free demoversion can be found at: http://corporateserver.cortado.com/8-FR1

 

Cortado Mobile Solutions

Cortado Mobile Solutions GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cortado Holding AG, and is responsible for all operations relating to the enterprise mobility solution Cortado Corporate Server. The unique enterprise mobility solution offers the perfect balance between security for the organization, easy manageability for the IT department and maximum flexibility for users.

The on-premises software includes all the tools required for successful enterprise mobility; mobile device management, mobile application management and mobile content management, and can be fully integrated into the Windows backend. IT administrators continue to work with their known systems, Active Directory groups and Windows privileges, and users can access network drives, SharePoint and intranet pages directly from their mobile devices.

Cortado Mobile Solutions follows the philosophy that working natively delivers the highest levels of user acceptance. So Cortado’s enterprise mobility solution fully supports native app management and instead of focusing on separate storage when it comes to file sharing, enables a direct connection to the corporate network. The result is a significant increase in productivity for mobile employees, improved collaboration among teams as well as convenient management for the IT department. Cortado’s enterprise mobility solution is developed and tested at its headquarters in Berlin, Germany. Also experts in offices in the United States, UK, Australia, Japan, and Brazil, highly qualified consultants at our Berlin location as well as a trained, worldwide network of channel partners provide presence and support to local customers throughout the world.

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PipelineDeals Celebrates 10 Years as MGECOM’s Secret Weapon to Drive Sales Success

PipelineDeals, the favorite CRM of business around the globe, serves as an indispensable tool for top advertising firm’s global growth and development

SEATTLE – June 22, 2016 – PipelineDeals, the leading provider of cloud-based business relationship software for SMBs, marks a decade of playing an essential role in growing business opportunities for MGECOM. The global advertising agency leveraged the CRM’s services and resources to help start, build and continuously grow business relationships. With PipelineDeals, the firm evolved from a 1-person shop working out of a spare bedroom, to a leading agency with a global presence.

When MGECOM opened its doors in 2006, the company could only track a handful of potential sales at a time. PipelineDeals was brought on board to provide everything needed to improve MGECOM’s sales workflow. The firm can now easily manage hundreds of prospects in its sales pipeline at any given time.

“In ten years, we have never considered switching to another CRM because the cost-benefit equation is way too heavily skewed toward the benefits PipelineDeals consistently delivers,” said MGECOM CEO, Matt Enders. “The PipelineDeals team continuously evolves their software with the needs of account-based businesses like mine. I can easily say that PipelineDeals is by far my favorite CRM and a great partner in helping me achieve my business goals.”

With PipelineDeals, MGECOM’s sales team always knows the next best action to take and the priorities they need to focus on to drive business forward. It keeps track of every piece of communication with every prospect in a customized manner, so opportunities are never lost. Additionally, the system is an essential tool in getting new members of the sales team up-and-running within a day thanks to the intuitive nature of PipelineDeals’ interface.

The CRM system also provides easily accessible reporting capabilities for MGECOM’s management team. In just a few clicks on the site, Enders can access both a high-level and an in-depth view of the sales successes, opportunities and challenges in his company. This information provides the data needed to make strong business decisions.

“As we celebrate 10 years of helping businesses grow and achieve their goals, we pride ourselves on providing a CRM system that companies, like MGECOM, actually look forward to using while delivering the results they need,” said JP Werlin, CEO and co-founder of PipelineDeals. “It has been a decade of strong growth for us and our customers. With a number of advancements slated for the near future, we are just scratching the surface of what’s possible.”

Get the full case study here.

About PipelineDeals

Founded in 2006, PipelineDeals (www.pipelinedeals.com) provides small- to medium-sized businesses with the only sales and account management platform capable of delivering certainty in every action necessary to start, develop and grow customer relationships. With a focus on service, PipelineDeals grows revenues by changing the way businesses manage their sales pipeline. PipelineDeals boasts more than 4,000 customers in more than 60 countries and has garnered numerous awards for its work. It was recently named an Inc. 5000 fastest growing company, awarded a top customer satisfaction award by G2 Crowd and selected as one of Washington’s Best Places to Work by the Puget Sound Business Journal.

About MGECOM

MGECOM (www.mgecom.com) is an advertising agency focused on affiliate program management. The team behind the Cary, N.C., company has more than 100 years of combined experience in affiliate program management, pay-per-click marketing, content marketing and social media management. They have successfully launched and re-launched affiliate programs across the spectrum of affiliate networks, including Commission Junction, LinkShare and ShareASale. They also build bespoke in-house affiliate programs.

Edgeware Announces Support for the New CMAF Standard

Edgeware today announces support for the Common Media Application Format (CMAF), a media streaming format standardization effort jointly led by Microsoft and Apple to streamline Internet video delivery.

MPEG recently released a statement from its 115th meeting, that it “has reached the first milestone for the CMAF specification.” CMAF defines a common container format for segmented media as well as presentation and media profiles. CMAF segments can be used in environments that support adaptive bitrate streaming of the media segments using HTTP(S) and any presentation description, such as DASH MPD Manifests and Apple HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) Playlists.

At the WWDC 2016, Apple also announced its support for fMP4 segments in HLS on all their platforms (iOS, tvOS, MacOS). This is aligned with the standardization effort.

A common media format embodied in a widely adopted MPEG standard eliminates duplication of engineering efforts and the need to store identical content in slightly different formats, or just-in-time repackaging and encryption. Moreover, it improves overall interoperability and the efficiency of TV CDN’s.

“The same encrypted media segments can now be stored, cached and routed over the networks, regardless of the type of device or choice of browser. CDN’s are less efficient when users request the same media in many different format,” says Dr. Göran Appelquist, CTO at Edgeware. “Up until now you either had to store multiple versions of the same content or provide repackaging and encryption on the fly to reach the heterogeneous landscape of OTT devices. Having this format standardized will mean tremendous savings for our customers particularly in caching, repackaging and storage costs to support current and future playback devices.”

For content owners, this common distribution allows the use of any DRM systems that conform to MPEG Common Encryption for key management and will allow single encoding of TV and video file to be securely streamed to any device with Internet access.