MIAMI, FL - (NewMediaWire) - August 25, 2015 - Net Element, Inc. (NASDAQ: NETE) ("Net Element" or the "Company"), a provider of global mobile payment technology solutions and value-added transactional services, is pleased to announce completed partnership agreements with Kcell JSC, and Beeline, a wholly owned subsidiary of VimpelCom, Ltd. These agreements enable Kcell and Beeline to use Net Element's mobile payment platform, TOT Money, to facilitate mobile payments for its subscribers.
Both Kcell and Beeline have leading positions in Kazakhstan. Kcell is ranked the largest mobile operator in the region with 10.76 million customers and Beeline is ranked second with 9.8 million customers.
The launch of TOT Money in Kazakhstan expands on the recent launch of PayOnline's online and mobile in-app payment services in partnership with Kazkommertsbank ("KAZKOM"), the largest private bank in Kazakhstan and one of the largest banks in Central Asia.
"By signing Kcell and Beeline in Kazakhstan, Net Element has solidified partnerships to provide mobile payment services for the largest mobile operators in the region. This is an important part of Net Element's strategy to capitalize on Kazakhstan's booming mobile marketplace and to position TOT Money as a leading mobile payments provider," commented Oleg Firer, CEO of Net Element.
OJSC VimpelCom is a subsidiary of VimpelCom Ltd, one of the world's largest integrated telecommunications services operators providing voice and data services through a range of traditional and broadband mobile and fixed technologies in Russia, Italy, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Cambodia, Laos, Algeria, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Burundi, Zimbabwe, Central African Republic and Canada. VimpelCom's operations around the globe cover territory with a total population of approximately 782 million people. VimpelCom provides services under the "Beeline", "Kyivstar", "djuice", "Wind", "Infostrada" "Mobilink", "Leo", "banglalink", "Telecel", and "Djezzy" brands. As of June 30, 2012 VimpelCom had 208 million mobile subscribers on a combined basis. VimpelCom is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol (VIP). For more information visit: http://www.vimpelcom.com
Kcell JSC provides mobile voice telecommunications services, messaging services, value-added services such as multimedia and mobile content services, as well as data transmission services including Internet access. It has two brands: the Kcell brand, which is targeted primarily at corporate subscribers (including government subscribers), and the Activ brand, which is targeted primarily at mass-market subscribers. The Company offers its services through its extensive, high quality network, which covers substantially all of the populated territory of Kazakhstan. For more information visit: http://www.kcell.kz/en.
About Net Element
Net Element, Inc. (NASDAQ: NETE) operates a payments-as-a-service platform for small to medium enterprise ("SME") in the US, Russian Federation and other international 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, Russia, Kazakhstan, India and Latin America. It maintains offices in Miami, FL, Russia and in the Republic of Cyprus. Further information is available at www.netelement.com.
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