Netsize expands mobile operator billing into Windows Phone Store

  Netsize expands mobile operator billing into Windows Phone Store

Business Wire

MEUDON, France -- November 4, 2013

Regulatory News:

Netsize, a Gemalto company, is expanding its mobile operator billing platform
to include Microsoft’s Windows Phone Store. This means that now, even more
Windows Phone users can easily purchase apps directly on their handsets and
pay for them through their existing mobile phone bill. The first deployment of
the expanded Netsize solution has already started with a leading European
mobile network operator.

The launch represents the first in a series of deployments planned by
Microsoft across different countries, offering Windows Phone Store users the
best possible payment experience when choosing from an ever expanding array of
gaming, entertainment, lifestyle, news and social apps. This new collaboration
with Microsoft further strengthens Netsize’s position as the preferred
operator billing provider for app stores worldwide. The Netsize platform, a
robust and flexible infrastructure, already manages over 260 million
transactions per month.

For content providers, the platform opens the gateway to a potential market of
two billion consumers and three billion devices, via 160 mobile network
operators in over 50 different countries. Furthermore, the sheer scalability
and range of payment options supported by Netsize is ideally suited for the
demands of a sector experiencing dramatic growth rates across the globe.
Juniper Research estimates that operator billing revenues will rise from $2bn
in 2012 to more than $13bn by 2017^1.

“Optimizing the Windows Phone Store experience for customers and developers is
a key priority for Microsoft,” said Todd Brix, General Manager, Windows Phone
Store, Microsoft Corp. “Netsize offers extensive network coverage around the
world and a strong platform infrastructure, providing the Windows Phone Store
with more payment options for customers, and higher payment conversion rates
for developers.”

“The global success of the Windows Phone Store demands a payment eco-system
that can demonstrate the ability to keep pace with the ambitious plans of
Microsoft,” said Frédéric Deman, General Manager of Netsize. “We believe that
the launch of this new service in Europe will be a showcase for other
operators elsewhere to adopt this world class app-store payment solution”.

^1 Mobile Content Business Models: OTT & Operator Strategy & Forecasts

About Netsize

Netsize - a Gemalto company - is the global leader for mobile operator
micro-payment solution and messaging services. We connect and contract
directly with mobile operators and help our clients to monetize mobile
services or provide messaging services. These can be for selling digital goods
or for vending and ticketing, as well as for value added services like mobile
marketing to manage customer relationships and app store payments.

The Netsize payment and messaging network reaches more than 2 billion
consumers. We connect more than 1,000 merchants and service providers to over
160 mobile network operators. This unique coverage gives us the ability to
innovate and offer our clients customized In-App Payment, P-SMS, as well as
Online and Direct Billing solutions in over 50 countries.

Netsize employs more than 250 telecom professionals and has local offices in
21 countries. By using our direct connections to our broad base of mobile
operators worldwide, our clients can enjoy the benefits of focusing on quick
market engagement and results-driven campaigns.


Donya Ekstrand, +46 851 79 54 23
Head of Marketing Communications
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