Berg predicts steep mobile banking growth
Sweden, March 14, 2009
Berg Insight, a leading telecom business intelligence provider, says the number of users of mobile banking and related services will grow from 20 million users in 2008 to reach 913 million in 2014.
This climb amounts to a compound annual growth rate of 89 per cent.
Asia-Pacific is expected to become the most important regional market, accounting for 65 per cent of the total user base. Mobile banking is also anticipated to play a key role in bringing financial services to people in the Middle East and Africa.
In Europe and North America, the technology will mainly serve as an extension of existing online banks as mobile handsets become more widely used for Internet access.
By 2014, Berg Insight forecasts that mobile banking will attract 110 million users in Europe and 80 million users in North America.
“Mobile handsets are in an excellent position to become the primary digital channel for providers of banking and related financial services on emerging markets,” said Marcus Persson, telecom analyst, Berg Insight.
“People who sign up for their first mobile subscription today will likely open their first bank account in the coming years and thus join the modern financial system,” he added.
“Mobile operators can play a vital role in this development and will have the opportunity to take an active part in the creation of some of tomorrow’s most important financial institutions based in Asia and Africa.”
Besides traditional retail banking, Berg’s report also identifies international money transfer as a potential revenue source for mobile industry players. Berg Insight forecasts that five to 20 per cent of the international money transfers currently handled by various formal or informal agent networks will be carried out using a mobile handset by 2014, generating $170–680 million in service revenues. – TradeArabia News Service