UPI recorded close to 800 Mn transaction in March

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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/

Tencent is launching UPI-powered payments app WeChat Pay in India

Ever since its launch in April 2016, Unified Payment Interface (UPI) has been growing quickly and reached a milestone of Rs 1 trillion worth monthly transactions in December 2018. Sensing the opportunity in digital payments space, several global behemoths including Google, Amazon, WhatsApp and Xiaomi jumped to UPI bandwagon.

Following the footprints of above four global behemoths, Tencent-owned WeChat is also launching a UPI-enabled separate app for payments.

“Senior officials of Tencent comprising of Chinese as well as Indians met National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI) executives three weeks ago for obtaining a licence for full-fledged payments app,” said two sources inside NPCI on condition of anonymity.

Like Google Pay, it would operate only under UPI ecosystem. Sources emphasised that the app is likely to be named as it’s in China – WeChat Pay. “Tencent already had partnered with three banks – Axis Bank, HDFC and ICICI. It wants to have its own UPI handle (@wechat),” outlined sources.

The app would be launched by the end of May-June. “The company is registering an Indian entity for WeChat Pay,” outlined one of the internal sources at Tencent India.

In China, Tencent’s WeChat Pay is the second most popular payments app after Alipay. Last year it crossed more active users than Alipay’s 520 million in early 2018. While popularity of Ten Pay is largely driven by WeChat’s 1 billion plus DAUs, it’s not the case in India. Despite trying hard and spending hundreds of millions, Tencent failed to gain significant traction for WeChat.

Tencent’s plan to launch an UPI-powered payments app in India has come at a time when its game PUBG has been gaining quick popularity in the country. Since PUBG offers several in-app items for purchases, it could use WeChat Pay as by default payments option locally.

With the entry of Amazon and Xiaomi, the UPI ecosystem has become overcrowded and also turned hyper-competitive for incumbents like Paytm, PhonePe and Google Pay. Given that RIL-owned Jio and WeChat are also joining the UPI ecosystem, the battle for digital payments would be more fierce as well as expensive.

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