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Fortumo is an Estonian direct carrier billing company which develops a platform for app stores and digital service providers for user acquisition, monetization and retention.

Fortumo’s products allow digital merchants to manage the lifecycle of mobile users on more than 280 mobile operator networks through bundling, carrier billing and messaging solutions.

The company started in 2007 as a spin-off of the mobile services company Mobi Solutions and currently employs over 80 people. In July 2020, the company was acquired by Boku, Inc., and will continue to operate under its existing brand within the group.


Fortumo provides a digital enablement platform for to digital merchants and mobile operators to acquire, monetize and retain their users.

  • Direct Carrier Billing platform: enables digital merchants to collect payments from subscribers of over 280 mobile operators. Merchants can choose to either integrate one of the turn-key products provided for this purpose (Web SDK, Hosted DCB) or integrate with Fortumo’s direct carrier billing API.[1][2]
  • Bundling platform: enables digital merchants and mobile operators to provision discounted or free digital service access to mobile operator subscribers. Fortumo’s platform provides a unified interface for user authentication, service provisioning and configuring any type of bundle offer across dozens of digital service providers and over 280 mobile operators.[3]
  • Messaging platform: enables digital merchants to communicate with their customers through mobile messaging. The platform is connected to over 280 mobile operators and can be used for 2-factor authentication, payment notifications and marketing communications.[4]
  • Fortumo Insight: provides mobile operators with an overview of their carrier billing performance, including data on account activations, payment behaviour, top grossing content by category and payment failure rates.[5]
  • PayRead platform:enables digital publishers to collect payments from readers through their mobile operator account and bundle their products with mobile operator plans as well as with other digital service providers.[6]


Merchants using Fortumo include app stores (Google Play), streaming services (Amazon, Spotify, iflix, Sony, Deezer, Tidal), social networks (Facebook, Badoo), publishers (Schibsted), gaming companies (Epic Games, EA Mobile, Kinguin), transportation service providers (EasyPark, Mobike), classified sites (OLX).

Fortumo has integrated approximately 280 mobile operators to its platform. Fortumo’s mobile operator partners include mobile operator groups such as Telefónica, Telenor and Orange as well as individual mobile operators like Reliance Communications, Turkcell and Globe Telecom. Fortumo uses the mobile operators’ technical infrastructure to authenticate users, process payments and enable mobile messaging for its merchants while giving the mobile operators access to real-time data and payments analytics through its Fortumo Insight dashboard.

Venture Capital Investments

In February 2013, Fortumo announced it had completed a growth round of financing with the first external shareholders – Intel Capital and Greycroft Partners – joining the company. Although financial details about the funding were not disclosed, TechCrunch reported approximately 10 million USD as the size of the deal. Fortumo co-founder Rain Rannu explained the reasons for bringing in investors: “Working with Intel Capital and Greycroft will help us to pursue additional growth opportunities, including strategic partnerships and acquisitions”.[24]

Bundling Platform

In February 2017, Fortumo launched a bundling platform for digital content providers and mobile operators. Traditional bundle deals between a digital content provider (such as a VOD company) and mobile operator require a separate integration between the parties to provision discounted or free digital service access to mobile operator subscribers. With the bundling platform, Fortumo allows mobile operators to connect to several digital content providers at once and vice versa, also providing a unified interface for user authentication, service provisioning and configuring any type of bundle offer. This makes the launch of bundle partnerships quicker and easier for both parties involved.[25]

In March 2019, Fortumo deployed its Trident Bundling Platform to connect Amazon with the Indian telco BSNL.[26] Later in the year, the company announced additional Amazon launches with Tata Sky and Orange Spain.[27][28]

PayRead platform

In January 2019, Fortumo launched PayRead platform that enables digital publishers (like international media group Schibsted[29]) to identify and charge consumers through their SIM card.[30] In March 2019 PayRead was also connected to the bundling platform. That enables publishers to bundle their products with mobile operator plans as well as with other digital service providers.[6]

Acquisition by Boku

In June 2020, Boku, Inc. (LSE: BOKU) announced that it intended to acquire Fortumo for $45 million. The acquisition was completed on July 1st, 2020. Jon Prideaux, CEO of Fortumo explained the acquisition: “Boku has always grown by a mixture of organic growth and selective acquisition. This deal, which will be our sixth, cements our position as the scale player in Direct Carrier Billing. It brings together the two most profitable players in the industry, with compatible technology, complementary customers and with a great cultural fit.” After the acquisition, Fortumo continues to operate under its existing brand as a separate organization within the Boku group of companies. [31][32]


  1. ^“Web SDK |”. Retrieved 2020-05-29.
  2. ^“Direct Carrier Billing API |”. Retrieved 2020-05-29.
  3. ^“Fortumo’s Bundling Platform |”. Retrieved 2017-09-07.
  4. ^“Fortumo’s Messaging Platform |”. Retrieved 2017-12-19.
  5. ^“Fortumo to offer carrier billing insights to mobile operators |”. Retrieved 2017-09-07.
  6. ^ Jump up to:ab Sharma, Ray. “Fortumo Enables Publishers to Bundle Products with Mobile Postpaid and Prepaid Plans”. Retrieved 2019-05-23.
  7. ^“Fortumo powers Viettel’s direct carrier billing”. Retrieved 2015-11-16.
  8. ^Sharma, Ray. “DNA First to Launch Google Play Carrier Billing in Finland”.
  9. ^“Sony LIV to offer carrier billing in partnership with Fortumo”. MediaNama. Retrieved 2015-12-15.
  10. ^“Kinguin launches carrier billing with Fortumo”. The Paypers. Retrieved 2016-06-17.
  11. ^“Iflix launches carrier billing in Asia with Fortumo”. Mobile World Live. Retrieved 2017-09-07.
  12. ^“Spotify expands carrier billing in Asia with Fortumo”. Mobile Payments Today. Retrieved 2016-09-07.
  13. ^Kukkosuo, Miikka (2010-04-28). “Fortumo Sideswipes Boku, Zong And Other Facebook Mobile Payment Providers”. ArcticStartup. Retrieved 2019-05-23.
  14. ^Bureau, Telecomdrive (2018-04-13). “EasyPark, Fortumo Debut Carrier Billing for Mobile Parking”. Telecom Drive. Retrieved 2019-05-23.
  15. ^“Mobike launches on Fortumo\’s messaging platform”. Retrieved 2019-05-23.
  16. ^Sharma, Ray. “Polish Classifieds Platform OLX Launches Carrier Billing using Fortumo’s Hosted DCB”. Retrieved 2019-05-23.
  17. ^Hainzinger, Brittany. “Epic Games partners with Fortumo to launch carrier billing”. Retrieved 2020-06-12.
  18. ^“Telefonica and Telenor sign on mobile payments firm Fortumo”. TheNextWeb. Retrieved 2016-06-17.
  19. ^“Fortumo, Orange direct carrier billing pact launches first in Poland”. Mobile Payments Today. Retrieved 2016-06-17.
  20. ^“Fortumo launches direct carrier billing with Reliance Communications”. Medianama. Retrieved 2016-06-17.
  21. ^“Fortumo launches direct carrier billing for Turkcell AppMarket”. The Paypers. Retrieved 2016-06-17.
  22. ^“Globe taps Fortumo for enhanced direct carrier billing service”. Telecom Asia. Retrieved 2016-06-17.
  23. ^“Fortumo Unveils Business Intelligence Platform for Operators”. Mobile Marketing Magazine. Retrieved 2016-06-17.
  24. ^“Fortumo Raises ~$10M From Intel Capital, Greycroft To Take On Bango And More In Carrier Billing; Inks Deals With China Mobile And Vodafone”.
  25. ^“Mobile payments company Fortumo now makes it easier for merchants and carriers to bundle offers”.
  26. ^Sharma, Ray. “BSNL Offers Amazon Prime Subscription via Fortumo Trident Bundling Platform”. Retrieved 2019-05-23.
  27. ^“Tata Sky Intros Bundling with Amazon Prime via Fortumo Platform”.
  28. ^“Fortumo launches bundling solution for Amazon Prime & Orange Spain”.
  29. ^“Schibsted launches carrier billing with Fortumo”. Retrieved 2019-05-23.
  30. ^“Fortumo launches PayRead – frictionless payments for digital publishers » Mobile Industry Eye”. Mobile Industry Eye. 2019-01-17. Retrieved 2019-05-23.
  31. ^“Proposed Acquisition of Fortumo Holdings Inc”.
  32. ^“Completion of the Acquisition of Fortumo”.

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