LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Netsize, a Gemalto company, announces that its direct billing platform is now connected to all five of the UK’s mobile network operators (MNOs). This allows subscribers to use their existing phone bills or prepaid balances to purchase digital content, applications and services direct from their handsets. Facilitating secure and convenient payment via standard mobile phone bills, the Netsize solution puts service providers in direct contact with a potential market of over 50 million UK subscribers. Juniper Research1 expects revenues from this channel to rise from $2bn in 2012 to more than $13 billion by 2017.
Deployed by 160 MNOs worldwide, the Netsize direct billing platform overcomes the inflexibility and transaction limits typically associated with charging via premium SMS. Service providers can therefore tailor pricing and subscription strategies to customer requirements whilst maximizing return on investment.
The new Netsize solution is now rapidly expanding the horizons of direct billing, having long been established as a seamless and secure means of charging for digital content including games, apps and videos.
Netsize is recognized as an Accredited Payment Intermediary by Payforit, the independent organization created by the UK’s MNOs to support the fast growing market for direct billing. This accreditation reflects the experience and expertise Netsize has gained in this field. Fast growing applications include transit ticketing,
vending machines and public car parks, where benefits include far greater convenience and security for end users and more revenues for merchants and content providers.
“Netsize, with overwhelming support from the UK’s network operators, has created a single, seamless payment and billing solution that embraces virtually all of the country’s mobile subscribers,” said Frédéric Deman, General Manager of Netsize. “Mobile operator billing offers a compelling alternative for those who don’t have – or don’t want to give – their bank account details when purchasing online or with their mobile. For end users, this means unrivaled security and convenience whichever mobile network operator they use.”
1 Juniper research: Mobile Content Business Models: OTT & Operator Strategy & Forecasts 2013-2017
Netsize, a Gemalto company, is the global leader for mobile operator micro-payment and messaging. We connect and contract directly to the carriers and help our customers to monetize mobile services or services linked to mobility, improve brand awareness, acquire new customers, manage customer relationships, and optimize business efficiency, globally.
Netsize relationships with network operators give us unrivalled geographic coverage, a strong capacity for innovation in payments and messaging, and the ability to offer customers customized In-App, P-SMS and Online and Direct Billing solutions in over 50 countries.
The Netsize payment network reaches more than 2 Billion consumers. We connect more than 1000 companies to over 160 mobile network operators and provide solutions for distribution channels for vending, ticketing & parking; as well as for services like mobile marketing, hosting and service management. In addition, Netsize offers Payment & Connectivity Services (PCS) to 8 mobile network operators in 4 countries.
Our messaging services cover delivery to all mobile phones in virtually every country in the world, and are complimented by innovative software solutions like Certified Messaging, Voice SMS, or the Netsize M-Marketing Campaign Manager.
Netsize employs more than 250 telecom professionals and has local offices in 21 countries serving more than 1000 customers. We have the direct connections, the contacts and integrations with mobile operators and our customers get the benefit of our experience and our local knowledge.
Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO) is the world leader in digital security with 2012 annual revenues of €2.2 billion and more than 10,000 employees operating out of 83 offices and 13 Research & Development centers, located in 43 countries.
We are at the heart of the rapidly evolving digital society. Billions of people worldwide increasingly want the freedom to communicate, travel, shop, bank, entertain and work – anytime, everywhere – in ways that are enjoyable and safe. Gemalto delivers on their expanding needs for personal mobile services, payment security, authenticated cloud access, identity and privacy protection, eHealthcare and eGovernment efficiency, convenient ticketing and dependable machine-to-machine (M2M) applications. We develop secure embedded software and secure products which we design and personalize. Our platforms and services manage these products, the confidential data they contain and the trusted end-user services made possible.
Our innovations enable our clients to offer trusted and convenient digital services to billions of individuals. Gemalto thrives with the growing number of people using its solutions to interact with the digital and wireless world.