Nets Group

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Nets Holding A/S
Founded 2009
Headquarters Ballerup, Denmark
Key people
Inge K. Hansen
(Chairman)
Bo Nilsson
(CEO)
Number of employees
2698 (2014)[1]
Website Nets Group

Nets Group or Nets is a Nordic-based provider of payments, cards and information services. The company has been known as Nets since 2009, but has a history that goes back to 1968. Nets have more than 2000 employees working in five countries. The head office is located in Copenhagen. The local commercial centers are in Oslo, Stockholm, Helsinki and Tallinn. The customers of Nets are banks, businesses, merchants and the public sector.

Product portfolio[edit]

Business areas[edit]

Payment & Information Services handle local direct debit solutions. These are called Betalingsservice, AvtaleGiro and eFaktura and are an integral part of the Danish and Norwegian payment infrastructures.

The section Cards manage payment card solutions by offering issuers and acquirers secured front-end and back-end solutions. They are a large card issuing and acquiring partner for banks and non-banks in northern Europe. Cards is also a central part of the local payment infrastructure in Denmark and Norway, providing processing and service for the domestic card schemes Dankort and BankAxept.

E-security provides electronic document signing and service for international banks and enterprises to help them secure their e-mails, workstations, networks, applications and deploy employee ID cards for access control.

Merchant Solutions offers payment solutions for all types of businesses; from small shops, clubs and associations to national or Nordic chains. Their solutions are specified for each Nordic market and their products comply with the national and international security standards.

Teller handles the acquiring of national and international payment cards, primarily in the Nordic market. Teller also deal with merchant agreements for the most frequent used local as well as international cards such as Dankort, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, JCB and China UnionPay.

Expansion of NETS[edit]

NETS means Northern European Transaction Services. It is an organisation formed by the integration of various independent companies providing services at Denmark and Norway. Finnish companies were added later..

History[edit]

1960-1970[edit]

The Danish banks were among the first in the world to develop and invest in electronic payment services in the 1960s. The result was PBS, which was established in 1968 in Ballerup, in the following decades, played a central role in payment solutions and associated services on the Danish market.

1970-1980[edit]

In 1972, the two major Norwegian players in electronic payment services, Bankkort and Bankgirosentralen, merged into Bankenes BetalingsSentral (BBS) to establish a strong position on the domestic market. In 1974 direct debit was introduced on the Danish market. The Teller company was established in 1977 under the name Visa Norge. Since then, the company has played an important part in establishing the Norwegian market for international payment cards.

1980-1990[edit]

In 1983, PBS introduced the national debit card, the Dankort.

1990-2000[edit]

In 1991 the Norwegian national debit card BankAxept was launched, that has become the most commonly used payment method in Norway.

2000-2009[edit]

Visa Norge added MasterCard to the product portfolio in 2003 and the company’s name was changed to Teller. In 2005 BBS expanded its activities on the Nordic market by acquiring Ingenico AB (Sweden), BBS Manison (Finland) and Sagem (Denmark).

Teller purchased the exclusive rights for acquiring American Express in 2006. The following year, Teller was taken over by Nordito AS.

BBS strengthened its position on the Danish market in 2007 with the acquisition of LD Betalingssystemer. Later in 2007 BBS was taken over by Nordito.

2010-[edit]

In 2010 Nets Group was formed, as Danish PBS Holding A/S and Norwegian Nordito AS, the parent company of BBS and Teller, joined forces.[2]

In 2012 Nets strengthened its position on the Nordic market in 2012 with the acquisition of Finland's largest acquirer Luottokunta.
In 2015 Nets acquires Nordea Merchant Acquiring – the section of Nordea’s payment business dealing with acquiring of international payment cards in the Nordic and Baltic regions.[3][4]

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