Amazon offers Fortumo carrier billing to BSNL customers in India

Carrier billing firm, Fortumo,has deployed its Trident Bundling Platform to connect Amazon with the Indian telco BSNL. Thanks to the integration, BSNL is offering its subscribers one year of Amazon Prime in select plans. Prime is the best in shopping and entertainment from Amazon.

OTT providers use bundles with telecommunication companies to acquire new users, focusing especially on countries where traditional marketing channels are inefficient. Telecommunication companies in return use bundled offers to up-sell existing users to premium service packs and convert prepaid subscribers to postpaid.

Today, partnerships between network operators and OTT video service providers are live in almost 80 countries.

India has a significant gap between access to digital entertainment and online payments: while smartphone penetration in the country is above 35%, only 3% of the adult population owns a credit card, making carrier billing a straightforward, low friction, alternative.

Fortumo’s Trident Bundling Platform allows OTT companies to quickly scale up partnerships with mobile operators, ISP-s and TV service providers. Integration with the platform has to be completed only once. After that, Trident supports OTT companies with the following:

  • Multiple bundle partnerships through one integration
  • Multiple commercial scenarios: hard bundling, add-ons and reselling
  • End-to-end consumer lifecycle management: service discovery, activation, authentication, entitlement, renewals and user management, termination
  • Analytics and reporting tools for reconciliation and settlement processes

Interest towards VOD services is today growing the fastest in South-East Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Local telecommunication companies and their marketing capabilities offer the best way for VOD providers to engage this audience. Fortumo’s Trident supports VOD providers in getting these new users on board as quickly as possible. For users this means they do not need to enter a credit card for payment, as they pay through their mobile operator.

Andrea Boetti, VP of Global Business Development at Fortumo