Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, has announced a partnership with the mobile payments company Fortumo. Fortumo will combine its global carrier billing capability with Huawei global carrier billing @Digital inCloud service to extend business in more countries and cover more users, especially in emerging markets.Thanks to the cooperation, Fortumo and Huawei have created one of the biggest joint global carrier billing networks.
“Fortumo is proud to be selected by Huawei as their partner for payments, enabling carrier billing for Huawei inTouch partners across the world. Carrier billing stands out as one of the most convenient methods to charge for content and apps for OEMs and app stores, especially in the emerging countries which have low credit card penetration,” added Gerri Kodres, Chief Business Officer at Fortumo.
According to a report from GfK, the biggest smartphone device growth markets in 2015 are dominantly large emerging economies such as India, China, Indonesia, Nigeria, Brazil and Pakistan. These are exactly the markets that Fortumo is strong in - out of the top 10 smartphone markets for growth by value during this year, Fortumo already provides carrier billing in 9 of them.
Fortumo’s direct carrier billing platform allows more than 4 billion end-users to pay merchants using their phone bill in 90 countries across the world. For regions with good data connection, payments are completed in 1 click and the user is charged over mobile internet. In countries with an insufficient mobile internet infrastructure, Fortumo also enables offline payments for users.
Fortumo has previously announced partnerships with leading OEMs such as Alcatel Onetouch, Oppo, Mitashi, and Gionee. In addition to OEMs and app stores, Fortumo works with top digital content providers like EA Mobile, Gameloft, Rovio, Times Internet and Gaana.