Mobile carrier-billing specialist Boku Inc. on May 8 announced an agreement with European mobile-network operator Deutsche Telekom Group. The partnership expands on a previous agreement between the two in Germany to cover Deutsche Telekom’s entire user base in Europe of over 140 million subscribers across 14 different markets.
The agreement establishes Boku as a strategic partner powering Deutsche Telekom’s payments offerings, provides the company with an advanced mobile payments application programming interface, and gives customers the ability to pay for digital goods and services simply using their existing mobile phone account, the companies noted in their deal announcement.
"Strategic partnerships with key carrier groups are what will drive the entire mobile-payments industry forward,” James Patmore, Boku managing director of Europe/Middle East/Africa, said in the announcement. “This deal is a key milestone in the continuing journey of making mobile payments an established payment system that is accessible to billions of consumers around the world."
In December, Boku also partnered with SingTel, an Asian telecommunications company, to launch direct carrier billing in Singapore.