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Asia Pacific Mobile Payments Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

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  • 120 Pages
  • August 2022
  • Region: Asia Pacific
  • Mordor Intelligence
  • ID: 5239518
The Asia Pacific Mobile Payments Market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 23.91% over the forecast period (2022 - 2027). With the changing lifestyle, Increased smartphone penetration, and the latest online retailing trends, the mobile payments market in Asia-Pacific is expected to grow significantly over the forecast period.

Key Highlights

  • The mobile payment landscape across the Asia-Pacific region is changing rapidly, owing to unsettling digital transformation. The technological developments in the smartphone have enabled POS at retail terminals and on-the-go fund transfer, which are fueling the global market growth. Mobile payment platforms, such as Tencent, based in China, have witnessed robust growth. Tencent also expanded in other Asian countries, like Thailand, and it is searching for major partners that can help it localize its services in the country.
  • According to the India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF), India had over 1.18 billion mobile connections, 700 million internet users, and about 600 million smartphones as of October 2021. Each quarter has seen a sharp increase in these numbers. India led the world in terms of the volume of real-time payment transactions in 2020, with over 25.5 billion. Consequently, there is a raising need for smartphones. It is ultimately expanding the mobile payments market, further accelerating market expansion. The market is also growing due to increasing government efforts, funding, support, and funding from several large businesses.
  • The rise of e-commerce and the O2O market has created an abundance of scenarios for people to adopt mobile payments in recent years. According to WorldPay, digital/mobile wallet is expected to occupy 60.2% of e-commerce payments by 2024 in the Asia-Pacific region, followed by credit card (16.1%). On the other hand, mobile payment played a crucial role in reducing friction and making on-demand, small-ticket services easily adoptable when they first began to emerge in the region. Rapid developments in these sectors, in turn, further drive the uptake in mobile payment usage.
  • Increasing standardization and interoperability in cross-border payments are among the highest priorities for regulatory bodies. One such initiative is the ISO 20022 standard for messages across cross-border payments; the standard for electronic data interchange between financial institutions is expected to begin in late 2022 instead of November 2021 as SWIFT had initially planned; these delays are also hindering the market growth.
  • The Min­istry of Com­merce (MOF­COM) and the Na­tional Health Com­mis­sion (NHC) ministries of China collaborated to issue the “No­tice Con­cern­ing Prop­erly Per­form­ing Life Ser­vices En­ter­prise Work to Pre­vent and Con­trol the Spread of the Novel Coro­n­avirus In­fec­tious Pneu­mo­nia.” The no­tice requires the Chi­nese con­sumers to use swipe card pay­ments and var­i­ous types of mo­bile pay­ments meth­ods for set­tle­ment pur­poses dur­ing the COVID-19 outbreak.

Key Market Trends

Retail Industry is one of the Factor Driving the Market

  • The Asia Pacific region is anticipated to witness significant growth in the market studied as countries, such as China and India, adopt the digital mode of payment using digital and mobile wallets. The ubiquitous mobile devices, advanced digital infrastructure, and the growing usage of apps drive digital/mobile wallets, which are growing rapidly in the Asia-Pacific region. According to the global payment report 2020, digital and mobile wallets account for 58% of regional e-commerce payments and are expected to reach 68.2% by 2023.
  • Further, the e-commerce sector is witnessing a spike in demand as consumers order essential items such as food and clothes, among others, through e-commerce websites, where most consumers prefer the digital mode of payment. According to the Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) digital payments index (DPI), launched in January 2021 to indicate the extent of digitization of payments in India, the index for September 2021 stood at 304.06 against 270.59 in March. This indicates the rapid adoption and deepening of mobile payments across the country.
  • Some of the prominent players in the industry, through investments, have been able to better serve their consumers by providing them with safe and secure modes of mobile payment gateways. For instance, in July 2021, Digital payments giant Paytm, one of India's most valuable startups, plans to raise USD 2.2 billion in an initial public offering. Paytm, which was until recently the most valuable startup in India, intends to raise USD 268 million in a pre-IPO round.
  • In August 2021, Aeon, a retail company established in Japan, announced the introduction of Aeon Pay, a mobile payment service, in September 2021. Aeon plans to combine its online shopping operations and prepaid cards under Aeon Pay to make its mobile payment service a nifty app that any retailer may use. The business is one of the newest participants in Japan's thriving mobile payment market. Internet companies compete to develop one-stop shopping options for various services, including banking, travel, and telephone access.
  • According to the National Bureau of Statistics of China, In 2021, the total retail sales in China increased by around 14.2% compared to the 2109 year 8.1%. Such an increase in retail sales will drive the studied market in the region.

India to be the Fastest Growing Adopters of Mobile Payments

  • The Indian market has historically been dominated by cash and is rapidly evolving to meet the demands of the digital payment culture; as a result of an increase in e-commerce and m-commerce culture, cards and digital wallets are rising in prominence. With the growth of various digital wallet companies in India, mobile payment is expected to increase.​
  • The demonetization scheme announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2016 led to a surge in the adoption of digital payments across the country. The government further bolstered cashless transactions through mobile devices by launching the BHIM application in 2016, based on the unified payment interface (UPI).
  • Amid the coronavirus outbreak, India's government urged consumers to use digital payment methods as preventive and safety measures. Also, the RBI has proposed that customers use digital banking systems. NPCI also started an 'India pay safe' campaign to boost digital payments since exchanging cash could spread Coronavirus.​
  • UPI has proven to make the lives of many Indian users much easier. UPI is a popular real-time payment method that allows users to instantly transfer funds from one bank account to the other. There are several benefits associated with the UPI payments system, such as hassle-free online payments anywhere, a safe and secure mode of money transfer, and Users can make payments by scanning QR codes. These factors resulted in the dramatic rise of the UPI payments system as a preferred payment system in India.
  • Furthermore, the UPI payment system is further increasing mobile payments by becoming a single user interface for all of an individual's bank accounts, eliminating the need to download multiple banking apps. Most banks and non-banks have adopted the UPI payment system. For instance, as per NPCI data, the number of banks that were live on UPI increased from 220 in April 2021 to 316 in April 2022.

Competitive Landscape

The Asia Pacific Mobile Payments Market is moderately consolidated with the presence of significant market players such as Google LLC, Apple Inc., PayPal Inc., MasterCard Inc, Visa Inc., and American Express Co. The companies are introducing new offerings, continuously investing in partnerships and acquisitions, and product development to increase the market share. A few of the recent actions by the companies are listed below.
  • January 2022 - MoneyGram International, Inc., a key player in the development of digital P2P payments, recently announced a strategic alliance with Digital Wallet Corporation, a global fintech firm and the operator of Smiles Mobile Remittance (Smiles), a mobile money transfer service and digital wallet in Japan. Digital Wallet Corporation also owns Smiles. With the use of MoneyGram's worldwide payment rails and near real-time capabilities, customers in Japan may now send money to more than 200 countries and territories using the Smiles mobile app.
  • December 2021 - Vietnamese mobile payment app, MoMo secured USD 200 million in a Series E investment round from international investors. Mizuho Bank took the lead in the round, with contributions from Mizuho, Ward Ferry, Goodwater Capital, and Kora Management. With the additional capital, the company intends to strengthen its position in the market, broaden the scope of its solutions, and encourage foreign investment in Vietnamese firms to develop the ecosystem. Additionally, it intends to expand its services in rural areas, tier two and three cities, and smaller towns.

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Table of Contents

1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition
1.2 Scope of the Study
4.1 Market Overview
4.2 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis
4.2.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.2.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers
4.2.3 Threat of New Entrants
4.2.4 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry
4.2.5 Threat of Substitutes
4.3 Assessment of Impact of COVID-19 on the Market
5.1 Market Drivers
5.1.1 Increasing Internet Penetration and Growing M-commerce Market
5.2 Market Restraints
5.2.1 Security Issues Associated with Mobile Payments
6.1 By Type
6.1.1 Proximity Payment
6.1.2 Remote Payment
6.2 By End-User Industry
6.2.1 BFSI
6.2.2 IT and Telecommunication
6.2.3 Retail
6.2.4 Healthcare
6.2.5 Government
6.2.6 Media and Entertainment
6.2.7 Transportation and Logistics
6.2.8 Other End User
6.3 By Country
6.3.1 China
6.3.2 India
6.3.3 Japan
6.3.4 South Korea
6.3.5 Rest of Asia Pacific (includes Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Australia)
7.1 Company Profiles
7.1.1 Google LLC
7.1.2 Samsung Group
7.1.3 Amazon.com Inc.
7.1.4 Paypal Inc.
7.1.5 Mastercard Inc.
7.1.6 Visa Inc.
7.1.7 American Express Co.
7.1.8 Comviva Technologies Limited (A Tech Mahindra Company)
7.1.9 WeChat (Tencent Holdings Limited)
7.1.10 Alipay.com Co. Ltd
7.1.11 Paytm (One97 Communications Limited)

Companies Mentioned (Partial List)

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes, but is not limited to:

  • Google LLC
  • Samsung Group
  • Amazon.com Inc.
  • Paypal Inc.
  • Mastercard Inc.
  • Visa Inc.
  • American Express Co.
  • Comviva Technologies Limited (A Tech Mahindra Company)
  • WeChat (Tencent Holdings Limited)
  • Alipay.com Co. Ltd
  • Paytm (One97 Communications Limited)