SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Boku, the global leader in direct carrier billing-based mobile payments, has announced a new partnership to bring direct carrier billing to Google Play™ for Zain subscribers in Saudi Arabia. As smartphone penetration and demand for digital content grows in the Middle East, direct carrier billing is emerging as a key payment method for accessing mobile content across the region.
As a result of the partnership, Zain subscribers can use one-tap mobile payments to purchase games and apps in the Google Play store. The charges can be completed using only the subscriber’s phone number and appear on the subscriber’s mobile phone bill or are deducted from the subscriber’s prepaid balance, with no additional personal information or credit card required. This benefit is particularly important in Saudi Arabia, where only 17% of consumers have a credit card and only 46% have any kind of bank account, according to the World Bank.
“By connecting with Boku, Zain KSA brings tremendous value to their subscribers who want a trusted and seamless way to purchase their favorite Google Play content,” said Boku CEO Jon Prideaux. “Given our leading market position, Boku is well positioned to extend this partnership to other carriers across the globe. The opportunities for carriers are truly limitless when a company with Boku’s global footprint integrates with one of the world’s most popular app stores.”
MT2 is the largest technical billing platform in the Middle East. They power the billing infrastructure for Zain KSA, one of the leading carriers in the Middle East and Africa, providing a comprehensive range of mobile voice and data services to over 46 million active individual and business customers.
“Innovation is a vital part of the transformation plan we are currently implementing, striving to offer our customers the best possible customer experience,” said Hassan Kabbani Zain KSA CEO. “With Boku’s experience in carrier billing, our goal is to provide our subscribers with a frictionless checkout experience to make digital content purchases through Google Play.”
Google Play is a trademark of Google Inc.
Boku, the leading direct carrier billing mobile payments company, reaches more than 4 billion consumers in more than 70 countries. Its bank-grade payments technology allows consumers to charge purchases to their mobile phone bill. Boku partners with global merchants including Facebook, Sony, Spotify, Electronic Arts, Wargaming, and many more. Based in San Francisco with offices in Europe, Latin America, and Asia, Boku is funded by leading Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and venture capitalists including Andreessen Horowitz, Benchmark Capital, DAG Ventures, Index Ventures, Khosla Ventures, and NEA.
About Zain Saudi Arabia
The Kingdom’s most recent telecommunication company, Zain KSA began providing mobile and data services in August 2008. Today, it serves more than 9 million customers – including 3 million MBB customers – and boasts network coverage across 96% of the Kingdom’s regions through more than 6,000 cell sites. Through its state-of-the-art 4G LTE network and 9,200 points of sale, the ever-evolving operator attracts thousands of new voice and data customers daily. Constant development of its telecom infrastructure, exceptional customer service, and innovative marketing initiatives are the pillars of Zain KSA’s “Winning Through Caring” strategy with the ultimate objective of offering unparalleled customer experience. These solid steps have set the company aims at achieving further success by tapping into new segments and experiencing growth in its B2B services. Home to a greatly experienced, majority-Saudi workforce, Zain KSA continues to employ high-caliber talent.