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Mobile Banking in 2020 - Mobile World Congress Report


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Present report was presented at Mobile World Congress this year, showing the outlook for mobile banking by 2020! - how a younger world, more internet, crime, and activist governments will affect mobile banking penetration.

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Mobile Banking in 2020 - Mobile World Congress Report

  1. 1. Mobile Banking in 2020 15 Feb. 2010 Stephen F. Rasmussen
  2. 2. CGAP Technology Program 12 active projects in 9 countries, 12 policy diagnostics • Research, policy and advisory • Experimentation and communications • Co-funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Project Locations Areas of Focus • Clients: what are the drivers of large-scale adoption and usage? • Providers: what are the incentives for offering services to large numbers of poor people? • Governments and regulators: how can they develop (1) safe and enabling regulations (2) policies that promote adoption?
  3. 3. Mostly payments and transfers, but strong desire for savings+ • Payments and transfers are key. • Data shows demand and uptake for a wider range of services. CGAP, GSMA, and McKinsey analysis
  4. 4. Reaching low-income, unbanked people in large numbers Active users, in millions 4.5 4 3.5 3 2.5 mobile banking 2 microfinance 1.5 1 0.5 0 Kenya Philippines South Africa CGAP analysis comparing numbers of unbanked clients reached by leading mobile banking services to similar-sized microfinance institutions.
  5. 5. Branchless banking is 26% cheaper than banks Price as % of 50.0% transaction value 45.0% Bank price as % of (USD, PPP adjusted) transaction value 40.0% (PPP adj) BB price as % of 8 use cases 35.0% transaction value - send money (PPP adj) - receive money 30.0% - short-term saving - asset purchase 25.0% At the average - bill pay 20.0% transfer value ($43), - transactional banking BB charges $1.7 vs - M-PESA bundle 15.0% banks $2.4 (2008) - Kenya bank user 10.0% 5.0% 0.0% 0 50 100 150 200 250 300 350 400 450 Transaction value (USD, PPP adjusted) Based on comparison of 16 branchless banking providers across 10 countries and 8 banks across 4 countries.
  6. 6. Scenarios for Branchless Banking in 2020 • Four Forces – Demographics – Governments – Crime – Internet • Four Uncertainties – Who is allowed to play? – How much will mobile banking go beyond payments? – How will competition play out? – How would a service failure affect market confidence?
  7. 7. 1. Demographics – a younger, more urban world © CGAP 2008 Source: U.S. Census Bureau International Data Base • Clients in 2020 will include a large number of today’s youth. • Young people have limited capacity to spend on new services, but a higher propensity to adopt new technology. • More people live in cities than in rural areas. (United Nations, 2008)
  8. 8. 2. Governments - more focused, less coherent 170mn 99mn G2P 99mn microloans G2P vs. microloans •Government actions will likely be driven from a variety of motives and different agencies, not necessarily guided by a coherent strategy. CGAP analysis, Mixmarket data, Financial Access 2009 Survey
  9. 9. 3. Where money goes, so does crime • Cash crime, where individuals, banks or merchants who carry cash are vulnerable to robbery • E-crime, where new forms of crime target electronic delivery channels © CGAP 2009 •One interviewee described it as “the nightmare scenario,” and the only thing they could imagine derailing the growth of mobile financial services.
  10. 10. 4. Internet = more providers and sophisticated offerings RIM 850, 1999 (basic browsing) vs. Samsung B100, 2009 Gartner 2009 (GPRS/Java) • Web interfaces will improve the user experience compared to USSD or SMS. • Internet access will enable solutions that do not depend on chip (SIM card) security solutions.
  11. 11. Uncertainty 1: Who is allowed to play?
  12. 12. Uncertainty 2: Going beyond payments? Year Country Provider Initial offering Next wave 1999 Brazil bill payment credit 2004 Philippines money transfer savings and credit 2007 Kenya domestic savings and remittances credit 2009 Pakistan bill payment savings and credit
  13. 13. Uncertainty 3: How will competition play out? Western Union (2008), FDIC, World Bank Will competition spur more services, innovation, and lower margins and prices as it has in the past decade for banks and remittance companies?
  14. 14. Uncertainty 4: How would failure affect confidence? • A high-profile failure could diminish: • the trust of consumers • the appetite of industry • the openness of regulators US Library of Congress Consumers, even poor consumers, appear willing to make the transition to using electronic channels as long as they trust the provider.
  15. 15. The Bangladesh scenario Private sector Government •Large microfinance institutions can •Regulatory certainty through the issuance contribute their credit expertise and of transparent regulations and licensing distribution networks processes •Channeling a large share of government •Banks are critical to the safety and payments through electronic channels soundness of the financial sector and building a more secure and efficient delivery provide essential treasury, foreign system exchange and banking expertise •Promote fair competition to ensure that •Mobile operators offer a new wide innovation is encouraged and to avoid the monopolization of the payments system reaching network for wireless communication to enable real-time •Strengthen the national identification transactional support system to ease Know Your Client (KYC) requirements and helping to provide further •Technology solution providers offer a protections against money laundering and range of the hardware and software other abuses of the payments system necessary to innovate
  16. 16. How will you respond to forces and uncertainties? Scenario 1 Scenario 2 Scenario 3 Scenario 4 2010 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020 •Winning requires playing a long game. •Partnerships and alliances will be critical. •Services should reflect customer needs. •Governments can foster innovation and channel payments.
  17. 17. Advancing financial access for the world’s poor