SOURCE: Net Element, Inc.

Net Element, Inc.

February 21, 2017 08:45 ET

Net Element's Digital Provider Announces Partnership Program at Mobile World Congress 2017

Partnership program targets content providers, mobile network operators and mobile application developers

MIAMI, FL--(Marketwired - Feb 21, 2017) - Net Element, Inc. (NASDAQ: NETE) ("Net Element" or the "Company"), a provider of global mobile payment technology solutions and value-added transactional services, announces today that Digital Provider will introduce its new partnership program aimed at content providers, mobile network operators and mobile application developers during GSMA Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona, Spain, taking place February 27 - March 2, 2017.

Organized by the GSMA, Mobile World Congress ("MWC") is the world's largest gathering for the mobile industry, aptly held in the Mobile World Capital, Barcelona. MWC is a B2B event for anyone and everyone in mobile, as well as those in adjacent industries who want to discover how mobile technology can benefit their industries.

The event will allow Digital Provider to meet face-to-face with its existing partners, and also provides the opportunity to start dialogues with new Mobile Network Operators ("MNOs") and potential clients.

Digital Provider's current network covers MNOs in The Russian Federation, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Poland and Turkey. With the goal to extend coverage to over fifteen new markets by the end of 2017, Digital Provider is in the constant search of new partners in selected emerging markets.

Over one-hundred content providers and mobile application developers in Digital Provider's current network are able to increase their conversion and sales volumes by tapping into the full power of mobile commerce. Additionally, they provide their customers the ability to use their mobile devices as a form of payment for on-demand and subscription-based services using the one-click payments module over a data connection. This capability is part of Digital Provider's proprietary Trinity Platform that allows Digital Provider to bill mobile network operators on behalf of mobile users. Payments are processed without any additional information from the mobile user, which provides a significant conversion improvement compared to other payment methods.

"This year's Mobile World Congress slogan, The Next Element, aligns perfectly with Net Element," comments Mikhail Shabanov, General Director of Digital Provider. "We are excited by our international development, and have made considerable strides with our proprietary platform and a pool of partners that position us to expand into new territories and create a truly global player in the direct carrier billing market."

Interested parties are encouraged to schedule an appointment with Digital Provider's team during the conference. For more information, email Konstantin Zaripov, Net Element's Head of Emerging Markets at: kzaripov@netelement.com

About GSMA
The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with almost 300 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organizations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as Mobile World Congress, Mobile World Congress Shanghai, Mobile World Congress Americas and the Mobile 360 Series conferences. For more information about GSMA, visit www.gsma.com. For more information about Mobile World Congress, visit www.mobileworldcongress.com.

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 and retail 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. Net Element was named in 2016 by South Florida Business Journal as one of the fastest growing technology companies. Further information is available at www.netelement.com.

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