Upstream in the news, and media interviews with our executive team.

  • Dec 2016

    Upstream signs growth financing agreement with European Investment Bank

    Upstream receives EUR 25 million in growth financing from the European Investment Bank (EIB), with the support of the EU budget guarantee under the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI). The EIB’s financing will provide Upstream with long-term and stable capital to support its R&D activities and implement its growth strategy, further boosting the company’s expanding global operations.

  • Nov 2016

    Upstream at the “18th InfoCom World 2016 Conference”, in Athens

    Upstream participated in the 18th InfoCom World 2016 Conference, the biggest ICT & Media Conference in SE Europe. At the event, visitors had the opportunity to meet with Upstream’s delegation and hear how mobile operators and digital service providers can tap into the enticing $70bn digital opportunity in high growth markets.  As one of the event’s keynote speakers, Andreas Petropoulos, Upstream’s COO, shared insights around how key players in the m-commerce ecosystem can succeed, by partnering with appropriately versed m-commerce technology partners.

    Watch the video (Greek)

  • Oct 2016

    Upstream featured in special report: ‘Mobile Business’ distributed by The Sunday Times

    The Sunday Times has distributed a special report entitled “Mobile Business”, published by Raconteur, in which Upstream is featured, analysing how mobile operators can leverage their unique assets to tap into the $70 billion digital opportunity in emerging markets and why partnerships are the key.

  • Oct 2016

    Upstream at Ovum’s “Digital Futures 2016” event, in London

    Guy Krief, Upstream’s Chief Innovation Officer, joined a prestigious line-up of top digital industry experts at Ovum’s “Digital Futures 2016” event, in London. Hosted by Ovum, a market-leading research and consulting business, the event brought together the firm’s top analysts, alongside a number of key leaders from the Technology, Media and Telecommunications industry, in order to share their insights into the future market for digital service providers.  Speaking on a panel entitled “How to give consumers what they want and still make money”, Krief shared insights into how digital brands can effectively reach the next 3 billion consumers in high growth markets.

    Watch the video of the panel discussion

  • Sep 2016

    Over half of South Africans see Internet as human right

    Internet access is a crucial utility for consumers in emerging markets. It is not just about them being able to connect; it is also about them having the necessary speed to use the digital services that not only can amuse and entertain, but also have the potential to improve their lives. As featured in the 2016 Developing Markets Mobile Commerce Report, commissioned by Upstream, the categories consumers in South Africa would most like more digital services for are education, health, and lifestyle.

  • Aug 2016

    How brands can capitalise on the Olympics – Top 3 tips to a strong Olympics campaign

    Within the context of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Upstream CEO & Co-Founder, Marco Veremis, discusses why brands need to engage with consumers in emerging markets over their mobile devices, providing his top 3 related tips that brands should take into account.

  • Jul 2016

    Netflix’s quality downgrade threatens success in emerging markets

    Upstream CEO & Co-Founder, Marco Veremis, discusses the mobile connection challenges that consumers encounter when seeking to consume digital services from brands such as Netflix, and how these challenges can be addressed, particularly for the benefit of consumers in emerging markets.

  • Jun 2016

    Upstream organises an impressive company-wide event, to share its strategy for accelerating m-commerce in high growth markets

    The “Upstream 2018” event brought all employees from around the globe together, to share some of the proudest moments in Upstream’s 15 year history, highlight the company’s growth, its key capabilities and values throughout these years, as well as share our bold vision for accelerating m-commerce in high growth markets.

    Watch a short video of the main highlights:

  • May 2016

    Amazon eyes-up emerging markets for next growth opportunity

    Emerging markets offer digital brands like Amazon and Netflix a potential $70 billion market opportunity. As the findings of the 2016 Developing Markets Mobile Commerce Report, commissioned by Upstream, suggest, in order to capitalise on this digital opportunity, digital content providers need to understand and address the intricacies of each market and adjust their business and delivery strategies, accordingly.

  • Apr 2016

    What the $4 Smartphone Means for Mobile Commerce in Emerging Markets

    Kostas Kastanis, Head of Strategy at Upstream, analyses how a low smartphone price point is not sufficient, in its own right, to lead to smartphone adoption and mobile commerce taking off in high growth markets.  Of equal, if not greater, importance in these markets are the broader challenges of affordability, with respect to streaming and mobile data charges, and accessibility, in terms of mobile technology infrastructure, which need to be addressed.

  • Mar 2016

    Upstream CEO, Marco Veremis opens MWC 2016 with live CNBC interview (vid)

    Marco Veremis, Upstream CEO & Co-founder, leads the commentary on the opening morning of the 2016 Mobile World Congress, on CNBC’s flagship show “Squawk Box” hosted by Karen Tso, in which he highlighted the importance of providing relevant content to the next 3 billion consumers in emerging markets.

  • Feb 2016

    Upstream featured special report: ‘The Digital Economy’ distributed by The Times.

    The Times, a daily national newspaper published in the UK since 1785, has distributed a 20 page special report entitled “The Digital Economy” published by Raconteur, in which Upstream is featured, analysing why the next three billion consumers in developing markets require a different approach to mobile.  Upstream has contributed a full page article within this report, outlining why the world is not flat, and what brands must do to seize the m-commerce opportunity in developing markets.