Schibsted launches carrier billing with Fortumo

The international media group Schibsted and the mobile technology company Fortumo are today announcing a partnership on direct carrier billing. The first deployment of carrier billing with Schibsted group companies is for the leading Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet. Aftonbladet Plus was the first digital subscription in Sweden that customers could pay for by conveniently being charged directly to their mobile phone bill.

“With over 250.000 digital subscribers and continuously growing, easy and convenient payment methods are critical to our business and success. Through our partnership with Fortumo we do not only ensure the preferred payment method for a large number of subscribers; it also allows us to continue to optimize our payment methods in the future,” Johanna Sigdell, Head of Customer Experience at Aftonbladet.

“Carrier billing is beneficial to all parties in the digital ecosystem. Merchants gain access to new users in emerging markets and can increase their conversion in mature economies. Telcos increase their subscriber loyalty by enabling a digital lifestyle and consumers can make payments in a quick and secure manner. Schibsted is a globally leading media company and we are excited to support their business growth in both Sweden and international markets,” added Andrea Boetti, Vice President of Global Business Development at Fortumo.

Schibsted launched carrier billing for its users through Fortumo’s Payments API. This gives Schibsted full control over the payment flow and enables advanced features of carrier billing such as token-based charging, dynamic pricing and automated refunds. The turnkey solution accelerates time to market for launching carrier billing since only one integration is needed on the merchant side: new telcos can be added seamlessly thanks to pre-existing integrations that Fortumo already has in place with the telcos.

While most Western consumers have a credit card, carrier billing is often preferred for digital content payments thanks to its simplicity and security. Users do not need to create or log into any accounts, nor do they need to share personal information online. Payments are completed in a few clicks and only the user’s phone number is processed.

This has given carrier billing a market share of 13.6% in Western Europe (with bank cards at 27.5% and digital wallets at 26.9%) for digital content payments, according to SuperData Research. In recent news from the region, Fortumo announced the launch of carrier billing on Google Play for Telia Norway.

Fortumo’s direct carrier billing platform is used by Google Play, Spotify, iflix, Sony, HOOQ, Gaana, EA Mobile, Gameloft, Kinguin, EasyPark and thousands of other merchants. One integration with the platform enables merchants to collect payments from subscribers of more than 350 mobile operators.

About Schibsted

Schibsted Media Group is a listed company headquartered in Oslo, Norway. Our strategy of becoming a global leader within our chosen fields is ambitious. It consists of three elements that work seamlessly together: Online Classifieds, Media Houses and Growth.

From Mexico to Malaysia, from Brazil to Norway – millions of people interact with Schibsted companies every day. We are meeting our customers' needs with our expanding range of smart products and services. Schibsted is becoming increasingly international, and we are rapidly moving forward.

We ensure that new and old sofas can be sold. News reports are read and watched when, where and how consumers want. Weather reports are checked with quick online services. Carpenters are found through a couple of clicks. TV viewing is planned. Maps and routes are checked. Job seekers and employers are connected. Deals are made. Old cars find new owners. Prices are compared. And the latest fashion is browsed. These are just some of the ways our services empower people in their daily life. All around the world.

Our international reach requires that we understand and are sensitive to the diversity of our customers and companies. We are committed to constantly innovating and improving our services to meet the needs of people all around the world. Today and tomorrow. For more information, please visit https://www.schibsted.com.

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“People never leave their home without a smartphone which gives merchants the opportunity to use telco infrastructure for customer authentication, payments and communication. At the same time, connecting with hundreds of telcos across the world is not scalable. Fortumo resolves the challenge by enabling scale through one integration. Mobike is the global leader in bike sharing services and we are looking forward to growing their customer satisfaction through our messaging platform,” said Andrea Boetti, Vice President of Global Business Development at Fortumo.

“Mobikers are always on the move, so we needed a partner that is also always on the go,” said Florian Bohnert, head of partnerships at Mobike. “Fortumo’s platform allows us to connect with our users in real-time via SMS with important information, such as account verification, and service information. Together with Fortumo we will be able to continually innovate further to meet the needs of our users.”

Fortumo’s Messaging Platform gives merchants a direct line of communication through SMS with their customers for payment notifications and 2-factor user authentication (2FA). The company’s pay-as-you-go model combined with direct connections to mobile operators ensures merchants can reach their customers in a cost-effective and efficient manner.

In recent news from the transportation industry, Fortumo launched carrier billing for the mobile parking company EasyPark.

Fortumo’s platform is used by Google Play, Spotify, iflix, Sony, HOOQ, Gaana, EA Mobile, Gameloft, Kinguin, EasyPark and thousands of other merchants. One integration with the platform enables merchants to bundle their services with, collect payments from and communicate with subscribers of more than 350 mobile operators.

About Mobike

Mobike is the world’s first and largest smart bicycle sharing company. Its mission is to bring more bicycles to more cities, using its innovative technology to make cycling the most convenient and environmentally-friendly transport choice for urban residents. Using specially designed bicycles equipped with GPS and proprietary smart-lock technology, Mobike enables users of its smartphone app to find a bicycle near them, reserve and unlock it, then complete their trip by simply closing the lock anywhere regular bicycle parking is allowed.

The company officially launched its service in Shanghai in April 2016, and in just two years, has now expanded the service to over 200 cities in 16 countries globally. By making urban cycling more accessible, popular, and smart, Mobike is delivering scaled sustainable mobility solutions for people and cities around the world.

By getting people out of cars and back on bicycles, Mobike is helping reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions, improve traffic congestion, and benefit public health. Mobike users have collectively cycled over 18.2 billion kilometers, equivalent to reducing CO2 emissions by more than 4.4 million tons or taking 1.24 million cars off the road for a year.

In recognition of its transformative contribution to the advancement of low carbon public transport, Mobike was named among the 2017 Champions of the Earth by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). For more information, please visit https://mobike.com/.

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