The number of people using banking services on their mobile phones is doubling every year according to new figures from ABI Research. It's forecast there'll be 407 million people worldwide carrying out banking transactions on their mobiles in 2015, up from 52.2 million last year. Most mobile banking customers currently come from the Asia-Pacific region, with growth in India particularly notable.
A separate ABI report notes the growth in mobile shopping, with about 8% of all online purchases expected to be made on mobile phones within five years. By 2015, shoppers worldwide are expected to use their mobiles to spend about $119 billion (£76 billion) on goods and services.
Daisy Group plc has agreed an offer to buy Newcastle-based BNS in a deal worth around £10.45 million. BNS provides a range of telecoms services, including voice-over-IP, fixed-line and mobile connections.
Matthew Riley, Daisy's CEO, said "This Offer makes great sense for Daisy, given the scale and position of BNS within the UK SME market."
The Mobile Entertainment Forum has elected a new board for its EMEA business at this week's general meeting. Gerrit Jan Konijnenberg of Comfone was re-elected as Chairman, with Mark Kortekaas from the BBC and Qtel’s Colin Yeh re-elected as Co-Vice Chairmen.