BOKU was born out of a desire to create a frictionless payment system allowing a mobile phone number to be used as a safe and secure payment instrument. In 2009, we partnered with mobile operators around the world to enable their subscribers to purchase virtual goods simply using their mobile number.
Within 2 years, we grew to become the largest global mobile payments network servicing 66 countries through more than 240 carrier partners, connected to merchants such as Facebook, Disney, EA, and Zynga.
Our team strives to push the future of payments by partnering with carriers globally, ushering in a new era of mobile-enhanced payments in e-commerce and at physical point-of-sale.
MEF held its global and regional board elections at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this year.
After the event we caught up with some of the newly elected directors – Bango’s founder and CEO, Ray Anderson, Boku’s CEO, Jon Prideaux and Microsoft’s Director of Carrier Billing Grahame Riddell – and asked them for their thoughts on mobile money and specifically carrier billing going forward for MEF’s recently published free Mobile Money eBulletin.
Here’s what they said…