Net Element's TOT Money Achieves Record Milestone of Over 1 Million Recurring Mobile Payment Subscribers, Reaffirms Market-Leading Position

Russia's top mobile payments service provider demonstrates noteworthy growth

Mar 12, 2015, 13:00 ET from Net Element, Inc.

MIAMI, March 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Net Element, Inc. (NASDAQ: NETE) ("Net Element" or the "Company"), a technology-driven group specializing in mobile payments and value-added transactional services in emerging countries and in the United States, announces that its subsidiary, OOO TOT Money ("TOT Money"), has reached a crucial company milestone by exceeding 1 million recurring mobile payment subscribers in January 2015.

Evidencing impressive market penetration, TOT Money's monthly processed volume for January 2015 increased by 12% over the prior month and 49% over April 2014, which was when the new TOT Money platform was launched.  TOT Money has also seen a double digit, quarter over quarter growth in subscribers during 2014.

This growth reaffirms TOT Money as an industry leader in the growing mobile payments market in Russia where the company captures a 10% share of the overall market, according to a market size assessment by J'son & Partners Consulting report of the Russian Market of Mobile Operators Payments. In addition, TOT Money has maintained the rank as a Top 3 mobile payments provider for 2 consecutive years, according to a rating published by Russia's 2nd largest telecom provider, OSJC VimpelCom, a wholly owned subsidiary of VimpelCom Ltd, providing services under the "Beeline" brand in Russia.

J'Son & Partners Consulting forecasts the turnover of payments more than 50.6 billion RUB in 2018 and the compound annual growth (CAGR) in the period of 2013 – 2018 is expected to be 31%.

"These incredible January figures reflect our commitment to serving emerging markets with an expansion of innovative services that further propel Net Element as a leading payment-as-a-service provider in Russia and the CIS," states Net Element CEO Oleg Firer. "We view this achievement as evidence of our continued progression and a confirmation of our solid footing in one of the world's fastest growing regions."

TOT Money enables mobile payment processing services for more than 390 million mobile users in Russia through strategic direct agreements and integrations with Top 3 mobile operators such as Mobile TeleSystem, MegaFon and VimpelCom, Ltd.

Benefiting from a powerful suite of TOT Money services such as premium SMS, WAP-click, Internet-click, in-app purchases and other direct-carrier billing integration services, mobile phone users are able to use their devices to make mobile payments by debiting their mobile operator account.

Konstantin Zaripov, general director of Net Element Russia, states, "The results we've achieved are a direct result of technology and infrastructure investments made by the Company in this rapidly growing mobile market.  The strong foundation we've laid will allow for ongoing, rapid growth as the mobile smartphone market continues to expand in Russia and more consumers use mobile payments as a preferred means to conduct secure transactions."

About Net Element   

Net Element (NASDAQ: NETE) is a global technology-driven group specializing in mobile payments and value-added transactional services. The Company owns and operates a global mobile payments and transaction processing provider, TOT Group. TOT Group companies include Unified Payments, recognized by Inc. Magazine as the #1 Fastest Growing Private Company in America in 2012; Aptito, a next generation cloud-based point of sale payments platform; and TOT Money, which has a leading position in Russia and has been ranked as the #1 SMS content provider by Beeline, Russia's second largest telecommunications operator. Together with its subsidiaries, Net Element enables ecommerce and adds value to mobile commerce environments. Its global development centers and high-level business relationships in the United States, Russia and Commonwealth of Independent States strategically position the Company for continued growth. More information is available at

About OOO TOT Money

OOO TOT Money, a subsidiary of Net Element, Inc., is a mobile payment processor and mobile commerce provider that facilitates the payment, aggregation and distribution of secure, modern mobile transactions. TOT Money works with Top 3 mobile operators in Russia to service a wide range of clients including wireless carriers, content providers and merchants. Offering the most profitable rates, a broad array of payment options, and a flexible interface, TOT Money is positioned as an industry leader in the growing mobile payments market in Russia.

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