A top down regulatory push toward cashless societies will spur the US$71.92 billion mobile payments market in Asia-Pacific (excluding China and India) to grow exponentially to reach US$271.47 billion by 2021. The number of active customers will also double to 130.8 million users. With standardization and increasing openness toward FinTech, competition is intensifying for the entire supply-side ecosystem. Mobile payments solution providers will need to fully understand the mobile payments market in the region to gain an edge.
Asia-Pacific Mobile Payments is part of Frost & Sullivanís Mobile & Wireless Communications Growth Partnership Service program, which includes insights on eCommerce and mobile point-of-sale (mPOS). This particular analysis examines the trends and opportunities in China, Australia, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines and Vietnam.
Asia-Pacific is expected to continue to lead the world in mobile payment developments as smartphone penetration here is the highest. Apple, Samsung and Google with Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Android Pay have also addressed existing security concerns through tokenization in the payment infrastructure, supplemented by biometrics on the smartphone.
ďThe mobile payments market in Asia-Pacific, however, is guided by local preferences and considerations,Ē noted Frost & Sullivan Digital Transformation Industry Principal Analyst Quah Mei Lee. ďFor instance, in Indonesia and the Philippines, telcos lead with their e-money products whereas in Japan, South Korea and Australia, credit card is the key payment method. Understanding these dynamics is critical for mobile payments solution providers to succeed.Ē
Mobile payment in Asia-Pacific is being led by developed countries such as Japan, South Korea, Australia and Singapore. Japan and South Korea has dominated since the early days of near-field communications (NFC) in 2011 and continues to account for 89.2 percent of market revenue share in Asia-Pacific.
Among mobile payment market segments, m-commerce dominates despite the rapid increase in point-of-sale (POS) payment transaction volumes. The strong deployment of NFC in some countries will help expand POS payment shares. For now, the mobile payment market has the most promise in countries that have a mandate to go cashless, like South Korea, Australia, Singapore and Malaysia. These will be followed closely by countries such as Thailand and Vietnam which are slowly transitioning to cashless.
ďThe opportunities are limitless and mainstream integration of mobile payments into everyday life is already underway,Ē said Quah. ďEven beyond this, there is tremendous potential for growth alongside connected devices in the Internet of Things era.Ē
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