Bango expands into Asia

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Bango plc, a mobile payments company headquartered in Cambridge, UK, has completed seven mobile payment agreements with Mobile Network Operators across Asia. This includes launching carrier billing routes for Indosat and XL in Indonesia, and Taiwan Star in Taiwan.

The agreements will allow users to pay for music, movies and other entertainment media in mobile app stores such as Google Play or the Microsoft Windows Phone Store by putting the costs on their phone bills.

Asia has been a particularly active market recently, reflecting the huge appetite for smartphones and internet connectivity amongst young consumers in the region.

In fact, the top five countries based on net additions of mobile subscriptions are all based in Asia. India has had over 26 million, followed by China with over 8 million, Myanmar (over 5 million), Indonesia (over 4 million) and Japan (over 4 million).

“The smartphone and app phenomenon has been extraordinary across Asia… In addition to the progress made in Asia already this year, we are working with operators in Vietnam, India, Bangladesh and Japan to deploy the Bango Platform in these markets,” said Ray Anderson, Bango CEO.

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