The Paypers: Altibbi expands telehealth services in MENA via Fortumo's platform

Altibbi, a large digital health platform in MENA area, and the mobile technology company Fortumo have announced the launch of a direct carrier billing partnership. The first country where carrier billing through Fortumo becomes available for Altibbi users is Kuwait. Subscribers of the mobile operator Ooredoo Kuwait can now use their prepaid SIM card or monthly phone bill to pay for telemedicine services access on Altibbi’s platform. Altibbi and Fortumo are working together to roll out the solution with additional telcos in the region.

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Altibbi expands premium telehealth services availability in MENA through Fortumo's direct carrier billing platform

MENA’s largest digital health platform Altibbi and the mobile technology company Fortumo are today announcing the launch of a direct carrier billing partnership. The first country where carrier billing through Fortumo becomes available for Altibbi users is Kuwait.

Subscribers of the mobile operator Ooredoo Kuwait can now use their prepaid SIM card or monthly phone bill to pay for telemedicine services access on Altibbi’s platform. Altibbi and Fortumo are working together to roll out the solution with additional telcos in the region.

Altibbi provides users with a free Arabic medical knowledge base. Through the platform users can also book consultation sessions with certified physicians; this premium service can also now be accessed through carrier billing.

"Our goal is to provide quality healthcare for all, that’s why we focus on partnerships that help us better serve and include everyone. With the launch of a direct carrier billing partnership with Fortumo, our users in Kuwait will have access to quality healthcare on their devices affordably, and on their terms," said Jalil Allabadi, CEO of Altibbi. Last year, the company launched its "one million free medical consultations" campaign to increase consumer awareness about the benefits of telemedicine.

"Telcos are the perfect partners for digital service providers in emerging markets. In any country where smartphone ownership is high but traditional payment methods like credit cards are rare, carrier billing gives service providers a significant increase in the number of users they can reach and collect payments from. We are excited to be working together with Altibbi in giving consumers better access to medical advice," Andrea Boetti, VP of Global Business Development at Fortumo.

In Kuwait, only 22% of people have a credit card while 86% of people own smartphones. This means the majority of people with internet access are unable to pay for premium digital services. Carrier billing solves this problem for digital service providers by making online payments available to anyone with a SIM card. Additional data on carrier billing in the MENA region can be found from Fortumo’s recent market report.

In recent news, Fortumo announced the launch of Google Play direct carrier billing in Pakistan for Zong 4G subscribers, and a partnership with Indonesia’s leading VOD service Vidio.

About Altibbi

“Altibbi” – better Health for everyone. Altibbi is the first website in the Arab world to provide a telemedicine service that allows patients to communicate with over 10,000 accredited doctors directly by phone. The medical team works to provide reliable medical information, in the Arabic language, over the Internet to those who need it, in addition to providing online medical consultations in 10 Arab countries.

With over 400 million people in the Arab world lacking access to basic health services, information and medical advice, as well as the fact that 70% of doctors’ visits are unnecessary, Altibbi’s services are particularly relevant. Altibbi’s website has been awarded the “World Summit Award” for providing reliable medical information to Arab users. For more information, please visit https://www.altibbi.com/.

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Zong 4G in collaboration with Fortumo launches Google Play carrier billing in Pakistan

Zong 4G, Pakistan’s leading telecommunication company, which is part of China Mobile (CMCC), and the mobile technology company Fortumo are today announcing the launch of direct carrier billing on Google Play for both Zong 4G’s prepaid and postpaid customers. 35 million Zong 4G subscribers can now pay for apps and in-app content from the app store by charging purchases to their Zong 4G prepaid mobile balance or monthly phone bill.

Zong 4G in collaboration with Fortumo launches Google Play carrier billing in Pakistan

Commenting on the partnership Zong 4G’s spokesperson said: “As the company with the largest and widest 4G reach in Pakistan, Zong 4G has always been at the forefront of the country’s digital revolution. As part of our strategy of digitally empowering our customers, Zong 4G has partnered with Fortumo to launch direct carrier billing which will provide millions of our customers with the convenience to pay for apps and in-app content. We are confident that our customers will benefit greatly from this partnership which will enable them to harness the full potential of mobile applications.”

“Pakistan is a rapidly growing smartphone market where Android is the dominant operating system. Carrier billing makes purchasing content from Google Play accessible to any Android device. We are excited about partnership with Zong 4G and are looking forward to growing revenue together,” added Taavi Krusell, VP of Carrier Sales at Fortumo.

Fortumo managed the Google Play integration project from end to end, utilizing its previous experience of connecting dozens of other telcos to Google. In addition to the technical setup (integrations and testing) Fortumo supports its telco partners with marketing advice on how to maximize consumer activations on the app store.

Fortumo also provides telcos, including Zong 4G, with access to Fortumo Insight. The real-time analytics tool allows telcos to monitor and evaluate the performance of their Google Play connection, in order to identify growth opportunities and areas where performance can be improved.

In Pakistan, only 21% of people have a bank account and credit card ownership is below 1%. At the same time, 43% of consumer mobile devices are smartphones. This means a large part of the population can access online content, but is unable to pay for premium content.

Carrier billing resolves this problem by allowing any consumer to deduct payments from their prepaid SIM card balance or charge it to their monthly phone bill. Additional information on carrier billing in Pakistan and other Asian markets can be found from Fortumo’s recent Asia market report.

In recent news from Asia, Fortumo announced the launch of its Hosted DCB solution for iflix, and rolling out carrier billing for Indonesia’s leading streaming service Vidio.

About Zong 4G

Zong 4G, China Mobile Pakistan (CMPak) is a 100% owned subsidiary of China Mobile Communications Corporation. Zong 4G has the largest 4G subscriber base and the widest 4G coverage across the country with 4G leadership, market leadership, network leadership and service leadership traits. Zong 4G is leading the 4G industry with over 13M Million 4G subscribers and more than 12,000 4G sites nationwide.

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