UPI recorded close to 800 Mn transaction in March

UPI Interface

NPCI-owned payments railroad UPI has achieved a new milestone in March. The unified payments interface recorded almost 800 million (799.54 Mn) transaction amounting to Rs 1,33,460.72 in last month. It was an 18 per cent hike in transaction volume and over 25 per cent rise in transaction value.

In February (28 days), UPI registered 674.19 million transactions worth Rs 1,06,737.12 crore. In terms of transaction value, it was one of the highest leaps for UPI where it crossed Rs 1.3 trillion figure.

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Meanwhile, NPCI-regulated inter-bank electronic funds transfer system (IMPS) has once again become the hottest option chosen for fund transfer. The instant payment feature recorded 190.18 million transactions worth Rs 1,76,288.88 crore.

In February, IMPS registered  166.37 million transactions amounting to 1,49,342.60 crore.

The growth in UPI transactions has come on the back of faster adoption in UPI-based payments apps such as government promoted BHIM and private players like Paytm, Google Pay, Phonepe and others.

While BHIM continued to struggle for the past 3-4 months, Google Pay and PhonePe have grabbed the opportunity to compete against the market leader – Paytm.

For instance, Paytm reportedly clocked 221 million transaction volume in January followed by PhonePe and Google Pay that recorded about 220 million UPI transaction each.

Recently, Google Pay has also revealed that it achieved 45 million monthly active userslandmark and hit $81 billion annualised transaction run rate in March.

Apart from the aforementioned entities, there are 139 banks live on UPI platform.

Over the past year, domestic and global players have been throwing their hat in the fray to taste the success of UPI in India. Of late, Xiaomi and Amazon have launched their UPI-powered payment feature in India, on the other hand, Reliance Jio and Tencent-owned WeChat are also in the pipeline to launch it soon.

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Source : https://entrackr.com/2019/04/upi-800-mn-transaction-march/

Xiaomi launches UPI-powered Mi Pay in beta

Unified Payment Interface

Unified Payment Interface (UPI) has turned out to be a battleground for global and local heavyweights. Besides Paytm, Google, PhonePe, TrueCaller and MobiKwik, likes of WhatsApp, Jio, Amazon among several others want a slice of fledgling digital payments market that set to grow to $1 trillion by 2023.

Xiaomi (Mi)

Xiaomi is no exception. Joining the league of aforementioned firms, smartphone brand Xiaomi is also tapping into consumer payment space in India with UPI. The company is getting closer to launch Mi Pay for masses as it received approval from NPCI.

Currently, Xiaomi is testing Mi Pay in beta (link) with ICICI and PayU. “NPCI has cleared Mi Pay for large group usage, due to which its beta testing is going live, and soon it will be available for all MIUI users,” mentioned a community post in Mi forum.

National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI)

Unlike WhatsApp (restricted to one million users), NPCI has given nod to Xiaomi for large group usage. Mi Pay will let users transfer fund, execute payments for several use cases including bill/recharge, water, and electricity bill using UPI framework.

It’s worth noting that Xiaomi is also planning to launch NBFC ‘Xiaomi Financial Services India’ and seeking RBI licence for it. The company also leveraged its investee KrazyBee to launch micro-lending platform – CreditBee.

UPI has been growing at a fast pace ever since its launch in November 2016. Last month, NPCI-owned digital payments railroad had crossed 500 million transactionmark.

At present, Paytm dominates the UPI ecosystem followed by PhonePe and Google Pay. In October, the SoftBank-backed firm had claimed 37 per cent of overall UPI transaction.

Meanwhile, Jio is also awaiting approval from NPCI for UPI service. Its entry along with WhatsApp will heat up competition in the segment.

With several behemoths have been competing in UPI ecosystem while some are awaiting regulator clearance, the road for Mi Pay won’t be smooth. Going forward, it would be interesting to watch how stalwarts fight for supremacy in the digital payments landscape.

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Source : https://entrackr.com/2018/12/xiaomi-upi-mi-pay/