27 APR 2021

Plus & Fortumo launch direct carrier billing in Poland

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Mattias Liivak

Head of Marketing & PR, Fortumo

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The mobile technology company Fortumo is launching the Polish mobile operator Plus on its local payments platform. Merchants using Fortumo’s platform can now collect payments for digital content from Plus subscribers through direct carrier billing.

“Polkomtel wants to offer services that respond to the needs of our customers,” says Piotr Szymanowski, Director of the Marketing Strategy Department at operator of the Plus mobile network. “The possibility of making payments using the balance of the telephone bill is very convenient, especially when purchasing digital products. This simple service is more and more willingly used by customers, and cooperation with Fortumo will allow to expand the portfolio of products that will be available to Plus users,” explains Szymanowski.

“Carrier billing is a leading alternative payment method in Poland, with a 20% market share in digital gaming transactions. Now merchants have a quick and simple way to implement the payment method and make it available to Plus subscribers. We are excited to be working with Plus and enabling simple access to premium digital content for their subscribers,” added Martin Lips, VP of Business Development at Fortumo.

Merchants connected to Fortumo’s platform can collect payments from Plus subscribers through Fortumo’s Unified SDK. Unified SDK connects merchants to Plus and a network of  hundreds of telcos and 20+ digital wallets through one integration. Fortumo hosts and localizes Unified SDK checkout flows on its platform, making it simple and scalable for merchants to launch local payment methods across the world.

In Poland, credit card penetration is only 17% while most people own a smartphone. Carrier billing resolves the problem of the majority of people being unable to pay for premium services. Any mobile phone owner is able to charge online payments to their phone bill without the need to create any additional accounts or sharing personal data. Carrier billing payments are completed through a simple and secure 2-step verification process.

Recently in Poland, Fortumo has announced the launch of carrier billing for the leading e-book publisher Legimi and the cloud gaming service Antstream.

About Plus Poland

Polkomtel Sp. z o.o. is the leading telecommunication operator in Poland, providing services under Plus brand. The company is the leader of 5G technology using state-of-the-art telecommunication solutions in developing services for its customers. It is a part of the Polsat Group the largest media and telecom group in Poland.

Apart from Polkomtel, the Group consists of Cyfrowy Polsat – the biggest provider of pay TV services in Poland and one of the leading, in terms of customer base, DTH platforms in Europe; Telewizja Polsat – Poland’s leading commercial broadcaster offering 36 popular television channels; Netia – telecommunications operator with extensive fixed access network providing services for individual, business and wholesale customers; IPLA – leader on the video online market offering the biggest and the most diversified base of legal content which can be accessed on a variety of devices at any place and time; Interia.pl Group – leading player on the Polish Internet market, both in terms of the number of users and the number of page views, while also being the leader in terms of growth dynamics.

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