Orange and Fortumo expand direct carrier billing partnership to Egypt

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Orange Egypt and mobile payments company Fortumo has expanded their direct carrier billing offering to Egypt.

The launch enables more than 30 million Orange subscribers in the country can now make payments on app stores, inside games and with digital merchants by charging purchases to their mobile phone bill

Egypt is the second market where Orange and Fortumo have launched direct carrier billing for digital merchants; last year, Fortumo announced a partnership with the mobile operator group and expanded its payment services to Poland as the first Orange group market.

In Egypt, most people are unable to make online purchases using traditional payment methods as less than 2% of people own a credit card. This makes it impossible for digital merchants to collect revenue from most of their users in the country

Orange and Fortumo first announced their direct carrier billing partnership in 2016, covering 29 markets in which Orange operates.

Poland was the first country where the payment solution was launched, where more than 16 million Orange Polska subscribers would be able to make online payments by charging purchases to their mobile phone bill.

Eng. Ashraf Halim, Deputy CEO, Orange Egypt

Availing DCB to our subscribers’ base through Fortumo Technology opens the door for quick, convenient and secure online payments through Orange billing systems.

Martin Koppel, CEO and co-founder, Fortumo

Egypt is one of the fastest growing smartphone countries with double-digit annual growth, making it an attractive market for digital merchants. At the same time, very few people own credit cards to pay for premium digital content – and that’s exactly where carrier billing comes in. Source: The fast mode