Deutsche Telekom and Fortumo extend carrier billing partnership to Slovakia

The mobile operator group Deutsche Telekom and the mobile technology company Fortumo are today announcing the launch of direct carrier billing in Slovakia. 2 million Telekom Slovakia subscribers can now make payments in app stores, games and for digital content by charging the purchases to their mobile phone bill. Slovakia is the second country where the companies have launched a payments partnership, having introduced carrier billing in Czechia last year.

“As a growing proportion of consumers’ online time is shifting to smartphones, digital merchants are looking to integrate payment methods that have the best reach and conversion on those devices. Carrier billing helps merchants increase their revenue and we are excited to be working with Telekom Slovakia to help them achieve this,” said Martin Koppel, CEO & co-founder of Fortumo.

55% of Slovaks already have a smartphone while only 17% own a credit card. This means the majority of people consuming online content are unable to make payments for premium services using traditional payment methods. Carrier billing resolves this problem by enabling any phone owner to purchase content by either charging it to their monthly phone bill or deducting it from their prepaid SIM card.

The added reach, convenience and security of carrier billing has made it a popular choice for online payments in the Central & Eastern European region. According to Superdata Research, carrier billing accounts for 20.9% of all digital gaming transactions in the region while the share of bank cards is 18.1%.

Fortumo provides carrier billing to app stores including Google Play, digital media providers including Spotify, iflix, Sony, HOOQ, Gaana and gaming companies like EA Mobile, Gameloft and Kinguin, offers local market insights and facilitates relationships with mobile operators. To achieve this, the company has partnered with more than 350 mobile operators in 100+ countries across the world. In recent news from the region, Fortumo launched a carrier billing partnership with Telenor in Serbia.

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The mobile software developer and publisher Shoal Games and the mobile technology company Fortumo are today launching a direct carrier billing partnership. Users in 100+ countries can now make payments inside Rooplay and Rooplay Originals games by conveniently charging purchases to their mobile phone bill.

“Emerging markets are driving the growth of the mobile ecosystem and require a localized approach to user acquisition, monetization and retention. Carrier billing solves the monetization challenge as it gives all consumers with a mobile device access to online payments in a seamless manner by enabling access through payments and consumption on the same device without any external solutions required. Shoal Games is a leading company in the edtech segment and we look forward to helping them increase their revenue,” said Andrea Boetti, VP of Global Business Development at Fortumo.

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“Rooplay, our subscription system of learning games, is growing quickly and new customers and markets are opening up to us through this partnership with Fortumo,” said Jason Williams, CEO of Shoal Games. “Families looking for early learning games systems like Rooplay often prefer to pay using carrier billing and Fortumo offers a flexible and global network of carrier systems for us to publish Rooplay.”

Compared to other payment methods, carrier billing has better coverage as any mobile user (both prepaid and postpaid) has access to payment solutions. This has given carrier billing a global market share of 14.5% for digital gaming payments (3rd place after bank cards and digital wallets) in digital gaming, according to Superdata Research.

Fortumo provides carrier billing to app stores including Google Play, digital media providers including Spotify, iflix, Sony, HOOQ, Gaana and gaming companies like EA Mobile, Gameloft and Kinguin, offers local market insights and facilitates relationships with mobile operators. To achieve this, the company has partnered with more than 350 mobile operators in 100+ countries across the world.

About Shoal Games Ltd.

Shoal Games Ltd. (TSXV:SGW) (OTCQB:SGLDF) is the parent company of the group of companies, which owns Rooplay, an innovative EdTech games platform that empowers children to play, learn, and create; Garfield’s Bingo, the first bingo game to feature a mega-brand; and Trophy Bingo, live across mobile platforms with over 500,000 installs. Rooplay is available on Android and is live worldwide in Google Play. The product offers families a handpicked and growing selection of more than 500 interactive games for a monthly subscription fee. Rooplay follows the same subscription business model as Netflix, but with games instead of video.

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