Europe Real Time Payments Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The European Real Time Payments Market is segmented by Payment Type (P2P, P2B) and by Country (UK, Germany, France, Italy, Rest of Europe)

Market Snapshot

europe real time payments market
Study Period: 2020-2027
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: 24.3 %

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Market Overview

The Europe real-time payments market is expected to register a CAGR of 24.3% from 2022 to 2027. The primary factors driving the market's growth are the high proliferation of smartphones, customers' demand for quicker payment settlements, and government initiatives in various countries of the European region, among others.

  • Increasing real-time payment adoption rates and continuous development and evolution of infrastructure across Europe indicate strong growth of real-time payments in the region in the coming years. Most European markets, including the UK and the Netherlands, experienced significant growth in volumes and values of real-time fund transfers; with the introduction of the P27 in the Nordic region, the real-time payment market is anticipated to grow.
  • In Europe, To speed up the development of real-time payments, the European Payments Council (EPC) developed a pan-European instant payment scheme. The scheme is based on the EPC's existing SEPA credit transfer (SCT) scheme and is called SEPA Instant Credit Transfer (SCT Inst).
  • Moreover, this payment scheme enables euro credit transfers with the funds made available on the account in less than ten seconds at any time and in an area that will progressively span over 36 European countries. Many regional financial institutions are adopting SEPA Instant Credit Transfer (SCT inst.). For instance, Citi recently launched Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) Instant Payments across Europe.
  • Moreover, several initiatives based on ISO 20022 for real-time payments exist in Europe. In the United Kingdom, there is the New Payments Architecture (NPA), P27 in the Nordic region countries, SCT Inst. in Germany, and the EU is pushing on with the European Payments Initiative (EPI). These real-time payment systems will provide simpler access for increased participation, boost ongoing stability and resilience, and increase innovation through greater competition in the real-time payments market.
  • Furthermore, the use of ISO 20022 is anticipated to improve cross-border and regional connectivity and enable additional data frames that can use to build new services. Furthermore, strong mobile and internet penetration in many countries of the European Union, such as Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, etc., is providing a strong platform for the growth of real-time payments in the region.
  • However, growing payment frauds in real-time payments such as Authorized Push payments can hamper the growth of the real-time payments market in the region. With the 3D Secure 2.2 protocol and other SCA technologies to accommodate PSD2, card fraud in the region declined but Authorized Push Payments frauds increased in the region.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has enormously impacted how people shop and pay in the region. The new practices are more convenient for customers, including real-time and digital payments, and are likely to grow in the coming years.

Scope of the Report

Real-time payments, also known as immediate, instant, or faster payments, guarantee the immediate availability of funds to the recipient. Real-time payments offer wide-ranging benefits for people, businesses, and society. Real-time payments support better cash management and improved balances visibility and ease the transition to electronic payments by providing a viable alternative to cash.

The European Real Time Payments Market is segmented by Payment Type (P2P, P2B) and Country (UK, Germany, France, Italy, Rest of Europe).

By Type of Payment
P2P
P2B
By Country
United Kingdom
Germany
France
Italy
Rest of Europe

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Key Market Trends

Rising penetration of smartphone is expected to foster the market growth

  • The increasing penetration of smartphones across many European countries is increasing the real-time payment market in the region. As per data reported by GSMA Intelligence, the smartphone penetration in Finland at the start of 2022 was 169.5% of the total population. Similarly, in other European countries such as Austria, Germany, Spain, and United Kingdom was 138.8%, 141%, 119%, and 105% of the total population, respectively.
  • Furthermore, the rise of mobile commerce is further proliferating real-time payments in the region as many e-commerce platforms offer real-time credit or buy now pay later services to the e-commerce users in the region. Consumers prefer BNPL services on mobile due to the affordability and convenience it offers. BNPL, consumer credit, or after-pay enables consumers to pay money only. Some key European players offering BNPL service include Klarna, PayPal Credit, and Splitit.
  • Furthermore, the increasing adoption of smartphone usage for real-time fund transfer from Person to Person (P2P) and Person to business (P2B) is further supported by the strong smartphone penetration across the region. These factors are further expected to boost the real-time payments market in Europe over the forecast period.
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United Kingdom Anticipated to Hold the Largest Share in Europe Real Time Payments Market

  • Real-time payments have been available in the United Kingdom since 2008 with the launch of the U.K.'s real-time payments system called the Faster Payments System (FPS), which is operated by Pay. the U.K. in the country. Furthermore, the Faster Payment System also powers Paym, the country's mobile payments service, making it possible to pay family, friends, and small businesses using their mobile numbers.
  • Furthermore, most financial institutions in the country are participants of the FPS, making it reach millions of people. Moreover, many banking institutions in the region are adopting FPS. For instance, in May 2022, The Bank of London, one of the leading-edge technology companies, announced that it had become a Directly Connected Settling Participant of the Faster Payment System (FPS), the United Kingdom's 24*7 real-time payments infrastructure.
  • Payment infrastructure in the United Kingdom is still very much tied to traditional tools, especially cards, despite being easy and cheap for consumers to access real-time payments. Further, real-time payments in the U.K. is still focused on low-volume, high-value transfers and not everyday expenditures. However, the scenario is continuously changing, and the adoption of real-time payments is increasing in the region and is further expected to grow over the forecast period.
  • The U.K. further supports the growth of the United Kingdom's real-time payments system. For instance, real-time payments operator Pay. U.K. is modernizing the Faster Payments Service as part of its New Payments Architecture (NPA) program, which also involves procuring a new ISO 20022-ready central infrastructure. The New Payments Architecture (NPA) will be a resilient, scalable platform that will expand the growth of real-time payments in the United Kingdom.
  • All the factors mentioned above are expected to boost the demand for the real-time payments market in the U.K. over the forecast period.
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Competitive Landscape

The competition in the Europe real-time payments market is intensifying, and the market appears to be fragmented due to the presence of numerous players. These market players offer innovative payment solutions and are involved in various strategies such as mergers and acquisitions to gain a competitive advantage over others. Major players in the Europe real-time payments market include ACI Worldwide Inc.​, Fiserv Inc.​, Mastercard Inc., and Visa Inc., among others.

  • June 2022 - Embedded payments platform Modulr launched a real-time Euro payments service based on the pan-European SEPA Instant platform, which is available 24/7 and settles funds in 10 seconds. The new service will allow customers to roll out embedded real-time Euro payment propositions through the Modulr application programming interface (API), allowing them to send and receive payments immediately under either their own or Modulr’s regulated status.
  • June 2022 - Canadian FinTech company Buckzy Payments Inc, a global real-time cross-border payments network, announced that it is expanding operations in Europe with the opening of a new office this summer in Amsterdam, the Netherland. Buckzy is also pursuing an EMI license that will allow any participant of the Buckzy Payment Network globally to leverage real-time payments and virtual account services across the Single Euro Payment Area (SEPA), which covers 36 countries and territories.

Recent Developments

  • May 2022 - Citi has announced the launch of Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) Instant Payments in Europe, further increasing the bank's global instant payments offering. The launch will instantly allow clients to pay to and receive from 36 SEPA countries. The offering enables SEPA Credit Transfers to be made within seconds, 24/7, and funds are available to recipients instantly. Payments can be made and received from Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) Instant participating banks located anywhere within the 36 countries' SEPA zone.
  • October 2021 - Western Union, one of the global leaders in cross-border, cross-currency money movement and payments, announced today that the Western Union International Bank (WUIB) had joined the Single Euro Payments Area Instant Credit Transfer scheme (SCT Inst) as a Direct Participant, further enhancing the company's real-time payment capabilities in Europe. Joining SCT Inst allows Western Union to offer its consumers across the 24 countries and more than 2,300 financial institutions that take part in the SCT Inst scheme additional real-time money transfer and payment options, available 24/7, providing more choice and convenience, further improving speed and reliability.

Table of Contents

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION

    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definitions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study

  2. 2. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

  3. 3. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  4. 4. MARKET INSIGHTS

    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Industry Attractiveness-Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.2.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.2.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.2.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.2.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.2.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    3. 4.3 Evolution of the payments landscape in Europe

    4. 4.4 Key market trends pertaining to the growth of cashless transaction in Europe

    5. 4.5 Impact of COVID-19 on the payments market in Europe

  5. 5. MARKET DYNAMICS

    1. 5.1 Market Drivers

      1. 5.1.1 Increasing Smartphone Penetration

      2. 5.1.2 Falling Reliance on Traditional Banking

      3. 5.1.3 Immediacy and Ease of Convenience of the Real Time Payments

    2. 5.2 Market Challenges

      1. 5.2.1 Payment Fraud such as Authorized Push Payment Scams

      2. 5.2.2 Existing Dependence on Cash in Major Countries such as Germany

    3. 5.3 Market Opportunities

      1. 5.3.1 Government Policies Encouraging the Growth of Digital Paymentis expected to aid the growth of Real Time Payment methods amongst commoners

    4. 5.4 Key Regulations and Standards in the Digital Payments Industry

      1. 5.4.1 Regulatory Landscape Across the World

      2. 5.4.2 Business Models with Potential Regulatory Roadblocks

      3. 5.4.3 Scope for Development in Lieu of Evolving Business Landscape

    5. 5.5 Analysis of major case studies and use-cases

    6. 5.6 Analysis of Real Payments Transactions as a share of all Transactions with a regional breakdown of key countries by volume and transacted value

    7. 5.7 Analysis of Real Payments Transactions as a share of Non-Cash Transactions with a regional breakdown of key countries by volumes

  6. 6. Market Segmentation

    1. 6.1 By Type of Payment

      1. 6.1.1 P2P

      2. 6.1.2 P2B

    2. 6.2 By Country

      1. 6.2.1 United Kingdom

      2. 6.2.2 Germany

      3. 6.2.3 France

      4. 6.2.4 Italy

      5. 6.2.5 Rest of Europe

  7. 7. Competitive Landscape

    1. 7.1 Company Profiles

      1. 7.1.1 ACI Worldwide Inc.

      2. 7.1.2 Fiserv Inc.

      3. 7.1.3 Paypal Holdings Inc.

      4. 7.1.4 Mastercard Inc.

      5. 7.1.5 VISA Inc.

      6. 7.1.6 FIS Global

      7. 7.1.7 Apple Inc.

      8. 7.1.8 Finastra

      9. 7.1.9 Volante Technologies Inc

      10. 7.1.10 Nets (Nexi Group)

    2. *List Not Exhaustive
  8. 8. Investment Analysis

  9. 9. Future Outlook of the Market

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Europe Real Time Payments Market market is studied from 2020 - 2027.

The Europe Real Time Payments Market is growing at a CAGR of 24.3% over the next 5 years.

ACI Worldwide Inc.​, Fiserv Inc.​, Paypal Holdings Inc.​, Mastercard Inc.​, VISA Inc.​ are the major companies operating in Europe Real Time Payments Market.

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