DOCOMO Digital brings Storytel to Telenor Bulgaria with carrier billing
19 MAY, SOFIA
Storytel, one of the world’s leading audiobook and e-book streaming services, is now live with Telenor Bulgaria, one of the largest mobile networks in the country, enabled by DOCOMO Digital, the leading global mobile commerce enabler. The move will allow subscribers of Telenor to easily subscribe to Storytel by charging payments to their mobile phone bill.
With a credit card penetration rate of only 14% and 9.42 million mobile connections1, Bulgaria offers an excellent opportunity merchants like Storytel to explore new ways of expanding their audience with payment partnerships such as this. Direct carrier billing enables faster and frictionless in-app transactions while providing users with greater transparency and control over purchases.
“Bringing Storytel’s offering of great stories and content to our consumers in Bulgaria with direct carrier billing is very exciting, and this has been a great experience thanks to DOCOMO Digital. We are committed to offering our users a personalised and delightful digital content experience, and this partnership is yet another step on that mission.”
Country Manager Bulgaria at Storytel
“We are very pleased to see our partnership with Storytel taking shape with this rollout with Telenor Bulgaria. And this is a great example of our growing partnership with the Telenor group across multiple markets. We are confident that great digital brands like Storytel will recognize the potential of direct carrier billing in reaching new consumer segments.”
Chief Commercial Officer at DOCOMO Digital.
1PPRO Payments & E-Commercce report: Eastern Europe and the CIS and https://datareportal.com/reports/digital-2021-bulgaria
Storytel is one of the world’s largest subscribed audiobook and e-book streaming services and offers listening and reading of more than 500 000 titles on a global scale. Our vision is to make the world a more empathetic and creative place with great stories to be shared and enjoyed by anyone, anywhere and anytime. Storytel’s streaming business is conducted under the brands Storytel and Mofibo. Storytel’s publishing business area is carried out through the audiobook publisher StorySide and acclaimed Nordic publishing houses such as Norstedts Förlagsgrupp, People’s and Gummerus. Storytel operates in 25 markets around the globe and is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. For more information, visit https://www.storytel.com/
Telenor is a leading telecommunication services provider with more than 3 million active users in Bulgaria. As of August 1, 2018, Telenor Bulgaria, along with Telenor Hungary and Telenor Serbia & Montenegro are part of PPF Group. PPF Telecom Group is a leading provider of telecommunication services in the CEE region, active in six markets (Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovakia) providing mobile, fixed-line, data and internet television services. It has 17.2 million mobile customers, 12,000 employees and EUR 1.4bn EBITDA (FY2019). For more information, www.telenor.bg
About DOCOMO Digital
DOCOMO Digital is the international payments business of NTT DOCOMO. We partner with carriers, merchants, OTT services, app stores and payment providers in both developed and emerging markets around the world. We solve the challenges of customer acquisition and retention, regulation, and complexity for our partners with alternative payment methods such as direct carrier billing and digital wallets. With teams based in fifteen countries, we enable our partners to grow their digital services revenues while enhancing the customer experience for their users. Our robust managed services platform and coverage across carriers and the most locally relevant payment methods enable faster time-to-market, especially for streaming, gaming, eCommerce, and productivity application providers.