Launches mobile operator billing solution for Spanish ticketing app e-Park
Docomo Digital has partnered with Spain’s most popular mobile ticket app to allow customers on Spain’s three biggest carriers to buy parking tickets using direct carrier billing, a first for Europe.
The service is available for all smartphone devices running either iOS and Android devices. All three of the largest Spanish operators are connected to this new Docomo Digital service, which is now available to all customers using Movistar, Vodafone and Orange.
Mobile operator billing is a method of payment which allows customers to charge the cost of digital and physical goods and services directly to their mobile device bill. It also has security benefits given confidential payment card details are not shared between the consumer, operator and merchant.
Fernando González-Mesones, COO at Docomo Digital, commented: “Docomo Digital is becoming the leading digital payment partner for large merchants, such as Google Play in 32 countries, Vice in Japan, and now we are proud to be the payment partner for e-park in Spain. The mobile operator billing services we are launching for a number of services, specifically transport, are making Spain one of the leading countries in terms of smart city innovation.
“Our mission is to provide value both for companies and users to ensure more and more people, no matter what payment methods they use, are able to access the many advantages e-commerce and m-commerce brings.”
Consumers are increasingly using smartphones as their primary mechanism for access and payment of goods and services. The size of the opportunity for mobile operator billing alone is $180 billion in revenue as predicted by Ovum.
Jaime López de Aguilar, executive president at e-park, said: “In the coming years we will see great changes in the mobility field. With over 30 years of experience in the parking sector, we pride ourselves on developing innovative solutions for consumers. The possibility to pay by mobile is a key feature of our business and once again we are pioneering by introducing direct carrier billing to pay for parking.”
e-Park has become Spain’s major mobile service for parking, launching in July 2013. Over half a million customers have downloaded the free app for free on their smartphones. Annually e-Park manages 12.5 million tickets and over five million bank transactions across 13 Spanish cities where the app is available. e-Park also offers services to help customers to avoid fees and enjoy better control of their parking needs.