October proved to be a busy month for PM Connect, not only winning Best Merchant at the Global Carrier Billing Summit awards in London, but hosting two stand out events – showcasing both our commercial offer and tech innovation.
Global Carrier Billing Summit Awards – Best Merchant
Bringing together carriers, merchants and regulators, the Global Carrier Billing Summit is the world’s only dedicated direct carrier billing conference – with its associated awards celebrating the most impressive innovation from across the industry.
PM Connect was awarded Best Merchant; honoured for our global growth, secure and customer-focused payment systems, and strong relationships with mobile carriers.
There was tough competition to beat but PMC came out on top, with Commercial Director Chris Purdie picking up the prize from judge Joanna Cox, General Manager for the Association of Interactive Media and Micropayments (AIMM). The panel chose us for our work in driving global Direct Carrier Billing and building strong relationships with mobile operators.
Stronger Together: Connect – Secure – Grow
Directly following on from our awards success, that evening we teamed up with our trusted anti-fraud partner Evina to host an exclusive event for carriers – treating over 30 guests to drinks, canapes, and networking at London’s Coq D’Argent rooftop restaurant.
Attendees from EE, Orange, and Proximus, to name just a few, enjoyed panoramic views of the city skyline and the opportunity to connect with fellow carriers. Using Evina as our independent security partner ensures our anti-fraud technology is primed to support growth and market expansion – with the event giving network operators a chance to learn how the Evina and PM Connect partnership could help secure and boost their offering.
Back in our home city, we partnered with Birmingham Tech Week – the city’s inaugural celebration of its tech and digital community – to host an educational event in Birmingham’s Purecraft Bar and Kitchen to inspire other local developers and programmers.
CTO Andrew Robins and head Golang developer Jan Haitjema discussed the business sense behind changing our programming language, as we have moved selected services from PHP to Go, the high-performance Google-designed language also used by innovative businesses Monzo and Uber.
Andrew expanded on how the unique team culture at PM Connect empowered our developers to suggest adopting Golang to the leadership team – eventually choosing the language for its low barriers to entry, back-end capabilities and adaptability, making it a perfect fit for our ambitious growth plans.
What a month it has been for the PMC team! We’re already planning the next must-attend carrier event, as well as continuing our proud involvement in the Birmingham tech community, sharing our expertise.
Looking forward to the last few months of 2019 and into next year, expect further market expansion, more carrier partnerships and new product announcements – alongside more events in the pipeline.
Watch this space and make sure you follow us on LinkedIn for the latest blog posts and company updates, as we’ll be keeping partners and interested parties in the loop as we set our sights on new sectors and new territories.