Mobike launches on Fortumo's Messaging Platform

The smart bike sharing company Mobike and the mobile technology company Fortumo are today announcing a partnership on Fortumo’s Messaging Platform. Mobike will now be able to authenticate users and share service-related messages through SMS in over 15 countries. Mobike can reach both locals and tourists using Fortumo’s platform as it supports mobile users of more than 350 telcos in 100+ countries.

Mobike launches on Fortumo's Messaging Platform

“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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Telia Norway launches Google Play carrier billing with Fortumo

The mobile operator Telia Norway (part of Telia Group) and the mobile technology company Fortumo are today launching direct carrier billing for Google Play. More than 2 million Telia Norway subscribers in Norway can now pay for content from the app store by charging purchases to their phone bill.

Telia Norway launches Google Play carrier billing with Fortumo

“Telia Norway is pleased to add Google Play to the list of merchants where our customers can pay with the Norwegian common MNO payment service Strex. Fortumo is chosen as partner because of their previous successful cooperation with Telia Company and because they already cooperate with Strex in Norway which resulted in a rapid implementation,” said Simen Skou, Product Manager at Telia Norway.

“Telcos who enable great digital experiences for their subscribers gain a competitive advantage on their market and as a result, increase customer loyalty and revenue. Our goal is to simplify the process of new digital merchant launches, so that telcos can focus on relationships with their customers. Telia is the leading mobile operator group in Northern Europe and we are looking forward helping them grow revenue from Google Play,” said Martin Koppel, CEO & Co-Founder at Fortumo.

Beside the technical project management and development necessary for the launch, Fortumo will share experience and insights on how to increase app store revenue, including on topics such as promotional campaigns and spend limit optimizations. With multiple deployments of Google Play in the region, Fortumo is able to benchmark and pinpoint critical improvement areas for Telia Norway. Telia Norway will also be able to take advantage of the Fortumo Insight data analytics platform, which gives telcos real-time access to app store performance data.

Norway is the third market where Fortumo is working with Telia Group on Google Play: the two companies are already working together on Google Play in Estonia and Latvia. In recent news from the region, Fortumo also announced a payments partnership with the leading mobile parking provider EasyPark.

Carrier billing is the 2nd most popular payment method for digital gaming in Norway. According to SuperData Research, the payment method holds a 21% market share in the country, just behind credit cards at 30%. The popularity of carrier billing is attributed to its more user-friendly payment experience: consumers do not need to sign in or create additional accounts to make payments, nor do they need to share their personal data online. Additional data on the digital ecosystem of the country can be found from Fortumo’s Nordics market report.

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 Telia Norway

We’re Telia Norway, the New Generation Telco. Our 1,400 talented colleagues serve thousands of customers every day in the world’s most connected country. With a strong connectivity base, we’re the hub in the digital ecosystem, empowering people, companies and societies to stay in touch with everything that matters 24/7/365 - on their terms. As a part of the biggest mobile network operator in the Nordic region, we are a digital enabler, which together with our partners create the future for our digital citizens and bring the world even closer for our customers.

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