Payment provider MasterCard has teamed up with mobile payment solutions providers eServGlobal and BICS to extend the capabilities of their international mobile remittance platform HomeSend. The three firms have set up a joint venture which uses the HomeSend platform, in which MasterCard will have a controlling share.
Research published by BICS, the carrier services arm of Belgian incumbent operator Belgacom suggests that more than two thirds of mobile operators will have launched Rich Communications Services (RCS) by the end of next year.
Belgacom-owned interconnect specialist BICS this week said its platform is now enabling next generation voice services such as HD voice and VoLTE to end users.
South Korean carrier SK Telecom has been granted access to 35MHz of bandwidth in the 1800MHz frequency range, allowing the LTE-Advanced early adopter to enhance its services with faster downlink speeds.
Swisscom claims to have performed the world’s first intercontinental LTE roaming connection between Europe and Asia, having opened up roaming services with South Korea.
The African subsidiary of Indian operator group Bharti Airtel has extended its mobile money transfer service across the 17 African markets it operates in. Airtel Africa’s subscribers will be able to send and receive money transfers over the operator’s network, which will be connected to a community of mobile network operators, and money transfer organisations, through the HomeSend hub.