Japanese carrier NTT Docomo today announced one more acquisition in Europe both to continue building out its operations in the region and past vanilla offerings like voice and mobile information: it’s getting great trade, an e-commerce and repayment option provider based from Austria. Terms of the offer weren’t disclosed however we are trying to find out. The price, NTT Docomo tells us, is in the ‘several 10s of millions of Euros,’ along with a reason for why it can not be more particular: ‘We can not disclose the exact rate as it influences the business development,’ a spokesperson states.

The offer is the most recent in a series of moves by the Japanese carrier to develop out is company in Europe. In 2012, it paid $300 million to obtain mobile content business Buongiorno in Italy. After that it took part in a $19 million financing round for femocell maker Ubiquisys, based from England.

The acquisition of great trade operationally fits with exactly what Docomo has actually been doing with Buongiorno.

As you can see from the diagram below, Docomo’s put Buongiorno’s carrier invoicing mobile repayment platform alongside its existing net-m option, it offers this as a service to mobile material business (and for the content that Buongiorno itself produces and offers).

Fine trade, at the same time, will sit alongside this offering a platform for so that partners will have the option of providing clients the capability to spend for products and services online by invoice, credit card, direct debit and various other techniques. If you go to fine trade’s website, it looks like 1 of its more powerful locations is in the area of providing liquidity to merchants so that they can accept payments by invoice without being strapped for money. Fine trade will run under Docomo’s subsidiary, Docomo Deutschland, which also regulates Bongiorno and net-m.

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‘In Europe, Docomo’s group business have actually been offering mobile operators and content/service suppliers with payment platforms that make it possible for fees for digital content utilized by subscribers to be included easily to their phone expenses. Simultaneously, the companies likewise have actually been broadening their finance and repayment business by leveraging their banking and credit-card business licenses,’ Docomo notes in a statement. ‘With its investment in fine trade, DeDocomo will now expand its payment platform profile in Europe to include the online retail market for durable goods, where fine trade operates its own payment platform company.’

Indeed, this looks to be as much about providing consumers more options for payments and invoicing as it’s to do with bigger strategies for Docomo to take its services and income generation not only to brand-new markets past Japan, however also into brand-new locations – a move being made by lots of carriers (Telefonica is another example) as services like voice and data become increasingly commoditized.

‘great trade is a distinct and ingenious player worldwides of e- and m-commerce,’ Hiroyuki Sato, Chief Executive Officer of DDL (the German subsidiary), said in a statement. ‘I’ve actually long held the view that disruptive advancement is possible in the monetary industry, much the same as mobile devices and the Internet revolutionized the telecom sector. DOCOMO, which has actually played a lead-in role in telecom, looks forward to playing a disruptively ingenious duty with great trade, which shares our vision of becoming a Smart Life Partner.’

And worldwide of e-commerce, which is predicated so highly on economies of scale, getting gotten by a larger company is maybe a piece of cake for great trade.

‘We share the vision to pursue wise developments in the e- and m-commerce area with DDL,’ said Dr. Marcel Vaschauner, Chief Executive Policeman and founder of fine trade, in a statement. ‘With the acquisition, we’re equipped with strong backup and can create synergies at the same time. These synergies will allow fine trade to realize its vision to offer innovative options for e- and m-commerce faster than ever before, and to improve payment services for retailers and consumers. Now we’re delighted to continue our development technique as a DDL team participant.’

Docomo says that as part of the offer, which it expects to finish by late October subject to clearance from the clearance by the German Federal Cartel Workplace, it’ll buy a 75 % stake from 3 Little Birds AG and an additional 25 % from Schneider Holding.