Global mobile banking usage grows; India takes the lead

Wednesday 25 April 2018 11:46 CET | News

Research from GlobalData has revealed that India leads the world in regular mobile banking usage, while Sweden has risen to the second place. 

Sweden has risen to second place in the global rankings thanks to the fastest growth of any country between 2016 and 2018, according to leading data and analytics company GlobalData.  

In most global markets, consumers are using mobile banking more often than before. In 11 of the 20 countries covered by GlobalData’s Annual Retail Banking Insight Survey, the proportion of online consumers who use mobiles for banking at least once a week increased by at least 5% between 2017 and 2018.

Overall, the global proportion of frequent mobile banking users witnessed a 3% growth from 39% in 2017 to 42% in 2018, but there was significant regional variation. 

Malaysia, Australia and Italy saw the biggest increases from 2017 to 2018, all having registered double-digit growth. Over the two-year period from 2016, Sweden witnessed the biggest gains, driven by the efforts of its banks and regulators to encourage a cashless society.

At the other end of the scale, India, Norway, Demark, Canada and the US all registered negligible or negative growth. 

Daoud Fakhri, Principal Financial Analyst of Retail Banking at GlobalData, says: “India maintains a leading position, bolstered by the government’s demonetization program and the rapid uptake of Paytm’s mobile wallet.

“However, Germany remains a significant outlier as use of mobile banking is far lower than in any other market, and there has been virtually no growth in recent years.”

Previous research by GlobalData found that security fears are a major barrier to adoption by consumers, and banks need to gear up their public education programs to overcome these concerns.

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Categories: Banking & Fintech
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