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27 July, 2015 - 11:14 By Tony Quested

Bango boss on PM’s Asia FinTech mission

CEO of Cambridge UK based Bango - Ray Anderson

Ray Anderson, the CEO of Cambridge UK mobile payments specialist Bango, is on Prime Minister David Cameron’s financial technology trade mission to Asia, launched in Malaysia today.

The delegation will go on to demonstrate UK prowess in the FinTech arena in Indonesia and Vietnam.

In the first half of 2015 Bango has completed seven mobile payment agreements with Mobile Network Operators across Asia. These include launching carrier billing routes for Indosat and XL in Indonesia, and Taiwan Star in Taiwan.

The agreements allow the operators to enable a feature in a mobile app store, such as Google Play or the Microsoft Windows Phone Store, so that a smartphone user can pay for games, music, movies and other content on their phone bill.

The Bango payment platform is used by app stores today to operate over 60 per cent of all live carrier billing routes worldwide. Asia has been a particularly active market recently, reflecting the huge appetite for smartphones and internet connectivity amongst young consumers in the region.

Bango’s partnerships span a whole range of market economies, including Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Singapore.

Since every smartphone user has a mobile phone account, this means total payment coverage. The young and dynamic populations of many Asian markets are developing their app, web and entertainment habits primarily through their mobile devices.

In parallel, developers are busy in these countries producing games, utilities and all kinds of apps for smartphones. One notable app of the last two years was Flappy Bird, developed in Vietnam for Android and Apple phones.

Ray Anderson said: “The smartphone and app phenomenon has been extraordinary across Asia. Bango’s technology is in demand because it gives our operator partners access to the big internet players that drive most end user spending on digital content.

“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.”

Global leaders plugging into Bango include Amazon, BlackBerry, Facebook, Google, Samsung, Microsoft and Mozilla. 

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