Mobile World Live: Vietnamobile and Fortumo launch carrier billing on Google Play

Vietnamobile, the smallest mobile operator in Vietnam, teamed with mobile payments company Fortumo to launch carrier billing on the Google Play app store. The operator, which is part of Hutchison Asia Telecom, holds a 3 per cent market share with about 4.5 million mobile connections, according to GSMA Intelligence.

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Telecomasia: Vietnamobile and Fortumo launch carrier billing on Google Play

Vietnamobile has teamed up with mobile payments company Fortumo to offer carrier billing for its subscribers on the Google Play app store. The operator has become the second in Vietnam after Viettel in 2015 to partner with Fortumo for carrier billing for digital content.

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Mobile Payments Today: Fortumo provides Google Play direct carrier billing to Vietnamese MNO

Vietnamese mobile operator Vietnamobile (part of Hutchison Asia Telecom Group) and direct carrier billing company Fortumo have announced the launch of direct carrier billing in the Google Play app store.

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The Fast Mode: Vietnamobile and Fortumo Launch Direct Carrier Billing on Google Play

The Vietnamese mobile operator, Vietnamobile (part of Hutchison Asia Telecom Group) and the mobile payments company Fortumo have launched direct carrier billing on the Google Play app store. With the partnership, more than 10 million Vietnamobile subscribers can now conveniently purchase apps and in-app content from the app store by charging payments to their phone bill.

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Telecompaper: Vietnamobile offers carrier billing on Google Play

The Vietnamese mobile operator Vietnamobile is tapping mobile payments company Fortumo to offer its customers a carrier billing option on the Google Play app store. The deal enables more than 10 million Vietnamobile subscribers to pass the costs of apps and in-app content bought from the app store onto their phone bills. Fortumo has so far partnered with more than 350 mobile operators across the world.

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Developing Telecoms: Vietnamobile and Fortumo launch carrier billing on Google Play

Vietnamobile has partnered with Fortumo to offer carrier billing on the Google Play app store in Vietnam. The partnership will allow more than 10 million Vietnamobile subscribers to conveniently purchase apps and in-app content from the app store by charging payments to their phone bill.

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Finextra: Vietnamese MNO Vietnamobile partners Fortumo on carrier billing

The Vietnamese mobile operator Vietnamobile (part of Hutchison Asia Telecom Group) and the mobile payments company Fortumo are today announcing the launch of carrier billing on the Google Play app store.

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Vietnamobile and Fortumo launch carrier billing on Google Play

The Vietnamese mobile operator Vietnamobile (part of Hutchison Asia Telecom Group) and the mobile payments company Fortumo are today announcing the launch of carrier billing on the Google Play app store. Thanks to the partnership, more than 10 million Vietnamobile subscribers can now conveniently purchase apps and in-app content from the app store by charging payments to their phone bill.

In Vietnam, credit card penetration is below 2% while more than 40% of people own a smartphone with the number expected to continue growing during the coming years. Carrier billing is among the most popular payment methods in Vietnam which means this is the first time many Google Play users can make payments on the app store. Additional information on the Vietnamese carrier billing market can be found from Fortumo’s market report on Asia.

“Vietnam is one of the fastest growing economies in Asia and mobile services are a large part of this. Fortumo is proud to be chosen as a partner by Vietnamobile for launching carrier billing on Google Play. Integration with Fortumo’s platform provides Vietnamobile with a robust and scalable solution for connecting them to the world’s largest digital merchants through one integration, along with superior analytics. The partnership further ensures Fortumo’s status as the leading provider of carrier billing in Asia,” said Gerri Kodres, Chief Business Officer at Fortumo.

In addition to connecting leading app stores, Fortumo provides access to large digital merchants in other segments such as music and video streaming (Fortumo recently announced a partnership with Spotify in Asia), social networking and gaming, which can be activated by carriers with the same integration. Thanks to partnering with Fortumo, carriers also get access to Fortumo Insight, a sophisticated data analytics platform which helps carriers track and analyze revenue from app stores and assess the effectiveness of subscriber marketing campaigns.

In addition to Google Play, Fortumo’s direct carrier billing platform is also used by digital media providers (Spotify, Sony, HOOQ, Gaana) and gaming companies (EA Mobile, Gameloft, Kinguin, Rovio). To enable carrier billing for these merchants, Fortumo has partnered with more than 350 mobile operators across the world.

The Fast Mode: 2017 - Steady Payments Growth For Carriers, With Opportunities To Accelerate It Further

The telecommunications industry is a giant and relatively slow moving sector that is nevertheless going through substantial change right now. My predictions for 2017 will focus on how the emergence of digital economy will continue impacting the existing business of carriers and what they will do to embrace it. I will especially focus on what will happen to carriers from a payments perspective in 2017 and how they can prepare for it. Here are my 5 predictions for the upcoming year.

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Siliconindia: demonetisation effect in Indian telecommunications industry

The Indian government's demonetization plan has shaken up the society and caused significant impact on people's everyday lives. Beside the shift to a more digital nation and its benefits as a result of abandoning cash, there are additional benefits for specific parties in the economy.

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