A1 Telekom Austria AG and Fortumo launch direct carrier billing partnership

The mobile payments company Fortumo and the mobile operator A1 Telekom Austria AG are today announcing the launch of a direct carrier billing partnership. A1 Telekom Austria AG subscribers can now make payments of digital goods, inside games and with digital merchants by charging purchases to their mobile phone bill.

“Carrier billing is today being used by most premium digital merchants. In addition to being a good revenue source for telecoms, the availability of digital content it also drives up mobile data consumption, supporting the core business strategy of carriers. Telekom Austria Group is one of the strongest telecom groups in Central Europe and Fortumo is happy to help them achieve these goals, while enabling access to quality services for their subscribers and additional revenue for Fortumo merchants,” said Martin Koppel, CEO & Co-Founder of Fortumo.

Thanks to the partnership, A1 Telekom Austria AG will be able to delegate merchant on-boarding, support and business operations activities to Fortumo. Fortumo in turn will be able to give its merchants seamless access to carrier billing. By delivering a self-service platform, any merchant ranging from app stores and streaming services to indie developers can launch carrier billing on Fortumo’s platform.

The accelerating growth of direct carrier billing - estimated to generate $142 billion in revenue for mobile operators by 2020 – in mature markets like Austria is driven by the convenience of the payment method and its safety. Users do not have to fill out any forms or sign up for additional accounts which makes the checkout process quick and simple, while protecting customers from online identity theft as they do not need to share their personal data to make payments. Additional data on carrier billing in Europe can be found from Fortumo’s recent market report.

Fortumo’s direct carrier billing platform is used by leading digital companies including Google Play, Spotify, iflix, Sony, HOOQ, Gaana, Telly, Electronic Arts, Gameloft and Kinguin. To enable payments for these merchants, Fortumo works together with mobile operators in more than 100 countries.

Telecompaper: CatchPlay On Demand intros direct carrier billing with Fortumo

Asian video streaming service CatchPlay On Demand and mobile payments company Fortumo have partnered on direct carrier billing services. Users can now purchase subscription access and single rentals from CatchPlay On Demand by paying for usage through their mobile operator: adding the charge to their phone bill or deducting it from their prepaid SIM card balance. The first market where CatchPlay On Demand has launched direct carrier billing with Fortumo is Indonesia with Indosat Ooredoo.

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CATCHPLAY On Demand launches direct carrier billing with Fortumo

The leading Asian video streaming service CATCHPLAY On Demand and the mobile payments company Fortumo are today announcing the launch of a direct carrier billing partnership. Users can now purchase subscription access and single rentals from CATCHPLAY On Demand by paying for usage through their mobile operator: adding the charge to their phone bill or deducting it from their prepaid SIM card balance. The first market where CATCHPLAY On Demand has launched direct carrier billing with Fortumo is Indonesia with Indosat Ooredoo.

"As we continue to expand in Indonesia, it is crucial that we provide our users the convenience to pay through their preferred payment channels, including carrier billing. And we are glad to choose Fortumo as our partner for integration with multiple carriers." said Jonathan Liu, CTO at CATCHPLAY.  

“Mobile operator partnerships are the key to success for digital merchants in Asia, both for payments via carrier billing and user growth through bundling. CATCHPLAY On Demand is a leading player in the streaming space of the region as they have successfully tapped into mobile operators for growth. We are excited to support CATCHPLAY On Demand’s expansion in the region,” said Andrea Boetti, Head of Global Business Development at Fortumo.

In Indonesia with a population of 259 million, less than 2% of people have a credit card while 47% of people already own a smartphone. This means most people are able to access online content but are unable to pay for it. The challenge in monetizing users is similar elsewhere in emerging Asian markets. Carrier billing resolves this by making online payments available to any mobile phone owner. Additional information on carrier billing in the region can be found from Fortumo’s recent Asia market report.

CATCHPLAY On Demand is using Fortumo’s Payments API to collect payments from its users. Payments API lets CATCHPLAY On Demand integrate carrier billing once and enables connectivity to all mobile operators that Fortumo supports. The payment solution has been built with the needs of modern digital merchants in mind. This means the inclusion of advanced features such as two-step charging, dynamic pricing and automated refunds.

In addition to CATCHPLAY On Demand, Fortumo provides payments and bundling services to Google Play, Spotify, iflix, Sony, HOOQ, Gaana, EA Mobile, Gameloft, Kinguin and thousands of other digital merchants. Fortumo’s platform can be used to collect payments from subscribers of more than 350 mobile operators through one integration.

About CatchPlay

CATCHPLAY is Taiwan’s leading independent film distributor and digital content service provider. In March 2016, CATCHPLAY introduces CATCHPLAY On Demand service in Taiwan. In June of the same year, it launches its service in Indonesia partnering with market leader Telkom Indonesia and StarHub the market's leading pay TV and telecommunication service provider in Singapore. For more information, please visit CATCHPLAY.com.

Mobile Payments Today: Mobile games developer Playwing signs with Fortumo for carrier billing

Mobile games developer and publisher Playwing and mobile payments company Fortumo have announced a partnership for direct carrier billing, according to a press release. Users in more than 60 countries can now purchase games and in-app content from Playwing with Fortumo and charge the purchases to their phone bill.

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Payment Eye: Playwing launches direct carrier billing with Fortumo

The mobile games developer and publisher Playwing and the mobile payments company Fortumo are today announcing a partnership on direct carrier billing. Users in more than 60 countries across the world can now purchase games and in-app content from Playwing with Fortumo and charge the purchases to their phone bill.

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Playwing launches direct carrier billing with Fortumo

The mobile games developer and publisher Playwing and the mobile payments company Fortumo are today announcing a partnership on direct carrier billing. Users in more than 60 countries across the world can now purchase games and in-app content from Playwing with Fortumo and charge the purchases to their phone bill.

“Playwing’s goal is to make our entertaining games offer available to as many people as possible. Carrier billing as a payment method strongly supports this objective as any mobile phone owner can now access our premium content. We chose Fortumo as a partner for mobile payments due to their lengthy experience in both the gaming industry as well as with emerging markets that we are focusing on,” said Carlos Flores Vidaurre, Head of Acquisition and Billing at Playwing.

“In emerging markets, carrier billing is the best way to collect payments from users as access to other payment methods is lacking. In parallel with payments, mobile operators also provide a powerful marketing capability to digital merchants they partner with. We are excited to work with Playwing and help them grow their user base and revenue through mobile operators,” added Andrea Boetti, VP of Global Business Development at Fortumo.

Carrier billing accounted for 14.5% of all digital gaming transactions during 2016 according SuperDataResearch and is the third most popular payment method in the segment globally. Thanks to its wide availability and simplicity, the payment method holds a leading market share in emerging markets including Latin America, Eastern Europe and Asia Pacific.

In addition to Playwing, Fortumo provides its direct carrier billing platform to Google Play, Spotify, iflix, Sony, HOOQ, Gaana, EA Mobile, Gameloft, Kinguin and thousands of other digital content providers. Fortumo’s platform can be used to collect payments from subscribers of more than 350 mobile operators through one integration.

About Playwing

Playwing is owned by the founders of Ubisoft and is dedicated to bringing high-value propositions to gamers, game publishers, phone manufacturers and advertisers. For more information, please visit http://www.playwing.com/.

Telecom Drive: Orange, Fortumo Expand Direct Carrier Billing Partnership to Egypt

The mobile payments company Fortumo and the mobile operator group Orange have launched direct carrier billing in Egypt. More than 30 million Orange subscribers in the country can now make payments on app stores, inside games and with digital merchants by charging purchases to their mobile phone bill.

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The Fast Mode: Orange, Fortumo Expand Direct Carrier Billing Partnership to Egypt

Orange and mobile payments company Fortumo has expanded their direct carrier billing offering to Egypt. The launch enables more than 30 million Orange subscribers in the country can now make payments on app stores, inside games and with digital merchants by charging purchases to their mobile phone bill.

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Developing Telecoms: Orange and Fortumo Expand Direct Carrier Billing Partnership to Egypt

Fortumo and the mobile operator group Orange have launched direct carrier billing in Egypt. More than 30 million Orange subscribers in the country can now make payments on app stores, inside games and with digital merchants by charging purchases to their mobile phone bill.

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Medianama: Fortumo to start carrier billing for cab rides & movie tickets; regulatory hurdles in India

Payments operator Fortumo said that it will be introducing carrier billing to pay for services such as cab rides, movie tickets, and payment of insurance premiums. To begin with, the company will be introducing this in middle eastern countries and the service is expected to launch early next year.

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