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BMI View : Telenor ' s acquisition of Pra bhu Money Transfer fits with the operator ' s strategy of buying licensed financial services institutions in key regional markets. Regulatory and consumer code compliance competencies are needed by telecoms operators that establish a direct presence in the mobile financial services (MFS) space, so this deal will strengthen Telenor's appeal in some highly competitive markets. A stronger MFS business would help Telenor attract and retain customers and encourage them to make greater use of their smartphones.
|Smartphones By Operator (000), 2013-2015|
|Source: Operators, BMI|
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