MEF’S UNIFIED CODE OF CONDUCT ENDORSED BY BRAZILIAN OPERATORS, ESTABLISHING CLEAR FRAMEWORK OF REGULATION FOR DRIVING INDUSTRY GROWTH AND SAFEGUARDING CONSUMERS
Miami, Sao Paulo, London (November 30, 2010): Mobile Entertainment Forum (MEF), the global trade body for the mobile media industry, today announced the launch of the Unified Code of Conduct, governing the content and promotion of all Value Added Services (VAS) in Brazil. Over the past year, 20 MEF member companies have collaborated to agree the regulatory framework and fundamental rules for the Brazilian VAS industry which all parties in the value chain – including the regulator ANATEL – can sign up to.
Ron Czerny, Chair of MEF LatAm and CEO of Playphone said, “The adoption of the Unified Code represents one of the most important developments for Brazil’s growing VAS market. In order to maintain the continued growth of VAS services, the industry needs to ensure that consumers have complete trust and confidence in services and transparency of how the VAS services operate. The MEF Unified Code delivers both by providing real, tangible benefits to the industry and the consumer. MEF will continue to work with the industry to ensure the Unified Code is effectively implemented and is seen as a standard across LatAm markets.”
Over the past 10 years, MEF has had a rich history of engaging with stakeholders across the industry at a local and international level, to shape regulation, raise awareness of its effective implementation with the aim of protecting revenues and ensuring a positive consumer experience. The Unified Code comes on the back of extensive regulatory work already undertaken by MEF globally beginning with our work in shaping the UK Subscription Services code and extending to our regulatory collaboration across Southeast Asia, EMEA and North America. In carrying out its activities of developing the Unified Code, MEF paid regard to the five principles of good regulation, namely: transparency, accountability, proportionality, consistency and targeting.
Rimma Perelmuter, MEF Executive Director added, “MEF knows from its previous experience in other territories that without such a Code, significant consumer harm can occur resulting in the industry shrinking. The Unified Code represents a turning point for the VAS industry in Brazil. It sends a clear message that the industry is serious about ensuring the growth of services whilst safeguarding the consumer, making the Brazilian market one of the most lucrative and innovative.”
MEF Member companies involved in developing the Unified Code are:
Abril, Arvato, Boltcel, Buongiorno, CFLA, Dada, Flycell, Mobile Intelligence, Movile, Neomobile, PlayPhone, PureBros, Supportcomm, Spring Wireless, TakeNet, TIM, Timwe, VIVO, Zed and Zero 9.
The code has been endorsed by all four main Brazilian operators Claro, Oi, TIM and Vivo who together account for 99% of the market.
*Acision’s Mobile Value-Added Service Monitor
About MEF Americas 2010: Mobile Content & Commerce
MEF Americas 2010: Mobile Content & Commerce is the annual gathering of leaders in the mobile content and commerce industries from North and South America to set the agenda and grow the market for nearly one billion mobile subscribers Taking place on November 30 and December 1, 2010 in Miami, the conference features two MEF Leadership Summits providing an unprecedented opportunity for leaders from across the Americas to address the industry’s key dynamics and drive new business.
MEF Americas 2010: Mobile Content & Commerce features keynotes from Nokia, Macy’s and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and includes sessions that focus on the fastest-moving segments of the market, including: the transformation of the mobile ecosystem; the technology and platforms that are enabling m-commerce; the next great idea in apps and services; mobile discovery as a sales channel for the retail market; security and privacy in the mobile age; and harnessing the power of social media.
The event is supported by 14 Founding Members including Dada, Dolby, Impact Mobile, KPMG, mBlox, Movile, Neomobile, OpenMarket, Ovi by Nokia, PaymentOne, PlayPhone, Samsung Mobile, Syniverse, Wau Movile.