Mobile Payments - Thematic Research

Mobile Payments - Thematic Research


The mobile payments market is multi-faceted, complex, and starkly divided in terms of scale and usage along geographic lines, technological lines, and according to where the payer and payee are physically located. With this level of complexity inherent in the market, the challenges facing players are far from straightforward. This report discusses the development of the global mobile payments market to its present state, as well as identifying the trends that will shape mobile payments in the next few years.

This report discusses the development of the global mobile payments market to its present state, as well as identifying the trends that will shape mobile payments in the next few years. The mobile payments market is analyzed throughout this report in each of the four key areas of mobile payments: mobile proximity payments, m-commerce, mobile P2P, and mPOS.


  • The global mobile payments market was worth over $2.5tn in 2019.
  • Mobile proximity payments adoption has grown rapidly in the past five years, although card-based payments still dominate in the developed world.
  • The Chinese giants Ant Financial and Tencent are the biggest and most successful players in mobile payments in a global context.
Reasons to Buy
  • Size and profile the mobile payments market as it stands in 2020.
  • Discover how the mobile payments market will be impacted by key technological, regulatory, and macroeconomic trends in the future.
  • Adapt your payments strategy to anticipate and benefit from the mobile payments theme as it evolves in the next five years.
  • Identify the future winners and losers in the mobile payments market to inform your partnership strategies.

  • Introduction
    • Defining mobile payments
    • Leaders in mobile payments
  • Players
    • Table Figure 1: Who are the players in the payments industry and what are the disruptive forces threatening them?
  • Trends
    • Technology trends
      • Table Technology trends
    • Macroeconomic trends
      • Table Macroeconomic trends
    • Regulatory trends
      • Table Regulatory trends
  • Industry analysis
    • Breaking down mobile payments
      • Mobile proximity payments
      • M-commerce
      • Mobile P2P
      • mPOS
    • Market penetration rates: mobile proximity payments
      • Table Figure 2: Mobile proximity payment penetration worldwide (percentage of survey respondents, 2020)
    • Market size and growth forecasts: m-commerce
      • Table Figure 3: M-commerce was worth a total of $1.7bn in 2019
    • Competitive analysis
      • Table Figure 4: Alternative payment brand transaction values (focusing on major mobile payment brands), 2018
    • Mergers and acquisitions
      • Table Mergers and acquisitions
    • Timeline
      • Table Figure 5: The mobile payments story
  • Value chain
    • Card-based payments value chain
      • Table Figure 6: The NFC-based mobile payments value chain is almost identical to that of traditional card payments
    • Alternative value chains for mobile payments
      • Table Figure 7: Alternatives to card-based payments shorten the value chain and make transactions cheaper
    • Value chains in m-commerce and mobile P2P
      • Table Figure 8: Remote mobile payment value chains are more variable
      • Table Competitive position in the mobile payments theme
  • Sector scorecards
    • Companies screen
      • Table Figure 9: Our companies screen lists the universe of companies in our payments scorecard
    • Thematic screen
      • Table Figure 10: . Thematic screen
    • Valuation screen
      • Table Figure 11: Valuation screen
    • Risk screen
      • Table Figure 12: Risk screen
  • Glossary
    • Table Glossary
  • Appendix: Our thematic research methodology
    • Viewing the world's data by themes makes it easier to make important decisions
    • Traditional research does a poor job of picking winners and losers
    • That is why we developed our "thematic engine"
    • How do we create our sector scorecards?
      • Table Figure 13: Our five-step approach for generating a sector scorecard
    • What is in our sector scorecards?
    • How do we score companies in our thematic screen?
    • How our research reports fit into our overall thematic research ecosystem
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