Myanmar mobile operator Mytel and the mobile technology company Fortumo have partnered to launch direct carrier billing in the country. Mytel subscribers can now pay for games, in-app content and digital services by charging purchases to their postpaid phone bill or prepaid SIM card.
In Myanmar, less than 1% of people have a credit card while over 80% of people own a smartphone. This creates a problem for digital merchants: while most people can access online content, the vast majority are unable to pay for premium services. Carrier billing solves this for digital merchants by allowing any user to charge online payments to their phone bill.
Fortumo’s Hosted DCB and Web SDK solutions make it easy for digital service providers to launch direct carrier billing in a scalable manner. Fortumo manages the checkout flow and localization on behalf of its merchants, accelerating the time-to-market and reducing the amount of development work needed to launch the payment method.
The same integration can be used to collect payments from Mytel and more than 280+ other mobile operators across the world connected to Fortumo’s platform.
Myanmar’s rapid growth in smartphone ownership has created strong interest from digital content merchants in expanding into the country. We are excited to be working with Mytel and giving their subscribers a way to access high-quality digital content, as well as pay for premium services through their phone bill.
Taavi Krusell, VP of Telco Partnerships, Fortumo