Telenor and Fortumo expand carrier billing partnership to Myanmar

The mobile operator Telenor Myanmar and the mobile payments company Fortumo are today announcing the launch of direct carrier billing in Myanmar. Over 14 million Telenor subscribers in the country can now make payments for digital purchases by conveniently charging payments to their phone bill.

“Myanmar is one of the fastest growing mobile countries in Asia and the availability of low-cost smartphones means more people in Myanmar are consuming digital services via mobile phones than ever before. Fortumo is the leading carrier billing provider for emerging markets and we are further cementing that position by working together with Telenor in enabling digital payments for its subscribers in Myanmar,” said Martin Koppel, CEO & Co-Founder of Fortumo.

Smartphone sales in Myanmar increased by 26% last year while bank card ownership remains below 2%.This means that while a majority of people are already consuming digital content, most of them lack the capability to pay for premium services. Carrier billing resolves this issue by making online payments available to any mobile phone owner. In recent news from the region, Fortumo announced the launch of carrier billing on Google Play with the Vietnamese mobile operator Vinaphone.

Telenor Group and Fortumo have been working together since 2013 and Myanmar is the fifth market where the two companies have established a partnership: payments have previously been made available also in Pakistan, Thailand, Hungary and Bulgaria.

Fortumo’s direct carrier billing platform is used by leading digital merchants including Google Play, Spotify, iflix, Sony, HOOQ, Gaana, Electronic Arts, Gameloft and Kinguin. Beside Telenor, Fortumo works with more than 350 mobile operators to enable payments for these merchants.

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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.

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