Global Mobile Payment Transactions pass $235 bln

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Gartner Says Worldwide Mobile Payment Transaction Value to Surpass $235 Billion in 2013.

Gartner Predicts Asia/Pacific Will Overtake Africa to Become the Largest Region.

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Worldwide mobile payment transaction values will reach USD 235.4 billion in 2013, a 44 percent increase from 2012 values of USD 163.1 billion, according to Gartner Inc. The number of mobile payment users worldwide will reach 245.2 million in 2013, up from 200.8 million in 2012.

Sandy Shen; “We expect global mobile transaction volume and value to average 35 percent annual growth between 2012 and 2017, and we are forecasting a market worth $721 billion with more than 450 million users by 2017. Nevertheless, we have lowered the forecast of total transaction value for the forecast period due to lower-than-expected growth in 2012, especially in North America and Africa.” — Sandy Shen, research director at Gartner

Near Field Communications’ (NFC’s) transaction value has been reduced by more 40 percent throughout the forecast period due to disappointing adoption of NFC technology in all markets in 2012 and the fact that some high-profile services, such as Google Wallet and Isis, are struggling to gain traction. Gartner forecasts that NFC will account for only about 2 percent of total transaction value in 2013 and 5 percent of the total transaction value in 2017, although growth is expected to increase somewhat from 2016 when the penetration of NFC mobile phones and contactless readers increases.

Money transfers and merchandise purchases will account for about 71 percent and 21 percent of total transaction value in 2013, respectively, making them by far, the largest contributors. However, worldwide, people are not purchasing as much because the buying experience on mobile devices has yet to be optimised. People are spending less via mobile devices than via online e-commerce services and at retail outlets. Merchandise purchases account for about 23 percent of the total value forecast for 2017.

Money transfer value continues to increase because users are transacting much more frequently (although at lower values) due to the wider availability of services and transaction costs that are lower than those of traditional bank services. This makes money transfer a leading use case, one that Gartner forecasts to account for almost 69 percent of the 2017 total value.

Bill payment value is expected to grow 44 percent in 2013 and have consistent growth through the forecast period. This is due to higher value per transaction figures as more consumers in developed markets perform bill payments via mobile banking services along with consumers in emerging markets who are transacting at higher values originally forecast. Bill payments will account for about 5 percent of the total value forecast for 2017.

From a regional perspective, Asia/Pacific’s transaction value is expected to grow 38 percent in 2013 to reach USD 74 billion. Deployments in developed markets such as South Korea and Singapore and in developing markets such as India are expected drive healthy growth in this region. As a result, in 2016, Asia/Pacific will overtake Africa to become the largest region by transaction value, reaching USD 165 billion. Africa’s transaction value is forecast to reach USD 160 billion in 2016. While Africa will still experience strong growth through the forecast period, companies are still searching for the most suitable business model for mobile money in their local markets.

North America’s transaction value is forecast to grow 53 percent in 2013, reaching USD 37 billion, up from USD 24 billion in 2012. The region has been impacted by low adoption of NFC payment services and many merchants launching mobile apps in a copycat fashion without a clear winning strategy.

Western Europe’s transaction value is expected to reach USD 29 billion in 2013, up from USD 19 billion in 2012. The market will experience steady growth through the forecast period, but the forecast growth has been impacted by a reduction in the average number of transactions per user in 2012 as several services struggled and others launched only toward the end of the year. These factors have postponed growth for at least a year.

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