SOURCE: Net Element, Inc.

Net Element, Inc.

December 13, 2016 08:45 ET

Net Element Launches Payment Acceptance Module for Popular Instant Messenger Application Telegram

PayOnline subsidiary utilizes Telegram instant messenger application to enable payment services for insurance premiums

MIAMI, FL--(Marketwired - Dec 13, 2016) - Net Element, Inc. (NASDAQ: NETE) ("Net Element" or the "Company"), a provider of global mobile payment technology solutions and value-added transactional services, today announces that its subsidiary PayOnline has launched a payment acceptance module for the popular cloud-based mobile and desktop instant messenger application, "Telegram," for use within the high-volume insurance industry. This first-of-its-kind payment service for insurance premiums is made possible by PayOnline, and is now available for VTB Insurance, a leading insurance company in Russia.

The Telegram messaging app focuses on security and speed. Telegram reports that as of February 2016, it has 100 million monthly active users equating to 350,000 new users each day, and 15 billion messages daily messages that are generated over a secure and encrypted system.

Harnessing the value and convenience of this secure instant messenger payment acceptance technology, VTB Insurance billing system now allows instant payments for insurance premiums through the Telegram messenger app. With PayOnline's integration, insurance registration takes just minutes and payments are accepted directly through the Telegram instant messenger app. Simultaneously, VTB Insurance has launched a service that allows tourists to process their insurance policies via Telegram and receive e-Policies instantly.

PayOnline currently provides payment acceptance services to more than 3,000 online, multi-channel merchants and service providers in CIS, Europe and Asia. The company's goal is to establish additional monetization channels for its merchants by enabling smart payments through all channels of interaction between merchants and consumers that will add convenience and speed to everyday commerce.

About Net Element

Net Element, Inc. (NASDAQ: NETE) operates a payments-as-a-service transactional and value-added services platform for small to medium enterprise ("SME") in the US and selected emerging markets. In the US it aims to grow transactional revenue by innovating SME productivity services such as its cloud based, restaurant point-of-sale solution Aptito. Internationally, Net Element's strategy is to leverage its omni-channel platform to deliver flexible offerings to emerging markets with diverse banking, regulatory and demographic conditions such as UAE, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Azerbaijan where initiatives have been recently launched. Further information is available at www.netelement.com.

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