Latin America Mobile Payments Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecast (2022-2027)

Latin America Mobile Payments Market is Segmented by Payment Type (Proximity & Remote).

Market Snapshot

Latin America Mobile Payments Market
Study Period: 2020-2027
Base Year: 2020
CAGR: 24.5 %

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Market Overview

Latin America Mobile Payment Market is expected to register a CAGR of 24.5% during the forecast period (2022 - 2027). The stores and services worldwide are rapidly moving towards adopting mobile payment applications, such as Mercado Pay, PayPal, Rappi and PicPay, amongst others to accept and transfer payments. With increasing internet penetration and rapid growth in online retailing, this trend is expected to continue over the forecast period.

  • In recent times, mobile payment has been gaining traction in the Latin American region after the pandemic because of the increasing number of users of smartphones and the increasing penetration of the internet. Mobile payment is more convenient, secure, and easy to use than other modes of payment. This, along with the rising trend of mobile-based payment solutions, represents one of the major factors bolstering the market growth in Latin America.
  • Rise of e-commerce in the region for Latin Americans, shopping online is a two-step process of buying items from a merchant online and then paying for them through cash-based alternative methods, such as boleto bancario (a type of bank slip) in Brazil or a voucher system handled through local convenience stores such as OXXO and 7-Eleven in Mexico, among others. As alternative payment methods gained traction over traditional modes, mobile payments became incredibly significant in the region.
  • The market players are integrating mobile payment solutions with advanced technologies and biometrics, to enhance security and efficiency, which, in turn, influences the market growth. In addition, the growing number of online transactions due to the sudden spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the thriving e-commerce sector is anticipated to strengthen the market growth.
  • Despite many opportunities for vendors in Latin America, the region is still struggling with post-pandemic effects. Inflation was at 38% in Argentina in 2021 and is projected to go even higher in 2022 to 45%. Peru, Brazil, and Colombia have all experienced currency devaluations. However, GDP is projected to grow projections for 2022 in Argentina (3%), Colombia (4.2%), Peru (2.3%), and Chile (also 3%).
  • The pandemic had a positive impact on Latin America's mobile payment industry, with increasing trends toward contactless payment positively influencing the market. For inIt'sce, during a survey conducted in Colombia, Brazil, Costa Rica, and the Dominican Republic in April 2020 by Mastercard, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, around 84% of respondents said the contactless payment was a cleaner way to pay.
  • Despite the benefits of Mobile payments growth, security is still a major concern. It’s been estimated that as many as 20% of digital accounts created in Latin America were fake. Along with that, regulators face COVID-19-related staffing shortages and tremendous uncertainty. Mexico and Brazil are still trying to push through landmark fintech and open banking regulations, delayed by the pandemic. And the cost of infrastructure that comes with implementing mobile payment infrastructure has also posed as a challenge.

Scope of the Report

Latin America Mobile Payment Market is Segmented by Payment Type ((Proximity & Remote) NFC, QR-based, Online digital, Text-based). Mobile payments refer to the payments made through a portable electronic device, such as a cell phone. The technology is used to send money anywhere, anytime, using mobile devices from the initiation stage to the realization of the transaction, and it includes confirmation and authorization as well. Mobile device payments act as alternatives to cash, cheques, or physical credit cards. Moreover, the mobile payment processing ecosystem comprises a network of merchants, banks, and payment/network processors and consumers.​

By Payment Type (Market share in percentage based on relative adoption)
Proximity
Remote
By Country
Brazil
Mexico

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Key Market Trends

NFC (Near-field communication) will Hold Major Market Share

  • (NFC)Near-field communication has become a common term in Latin American payments. NFC is a method of wireless data transfer that allows laptops, smartphones, tablets, and other devices to share data when nearby. NFC technology powers contactless payments via mobile wallets like Google Pay and Apple Pay, as well as contactless cards.
  • NFC mobile payment technology is stable, safe, and secure. As EMV chip cards, mobile wallets are more secure than magnetic strip cards. Making the device useless for thieves as they need a passcode or biometric authentication to process the transaction in an NFC-enabled device has contributed to the rapid adoption of mobile payments.
  • With the rise of the E-commerce industry in the region, the future is contactless payments. The smartphone makes e-commerce transactions easier and more convenient. Most retailers in the area are switching to adopting cashless transactions as the primary mode of payment.
  • With the increased rate of adaptation among mobile phone makers towards NFC technology, NFC payments are reaching the state of n “honor-all-wallets” scenario. Businesses With the rush toward accepting mobile payments, there have been rumblings from the card networks about an “honor-all-wallet” policy.
  • As per the data published by FIS, More than 67 million contactless POS terminals were shipped in 2020, and NFC payment terminals will grow from 80 million in 2020 to a projected 127 million by 2025. NFC readers and terminals are usually priced right for small business merchants. Costs range from as little as USD 49 for a simple NFC reader to USD 149 or more for a terminal that reads the chip and magnetic stripe cards.
Latin America Mobile Payments Market

Increasing Smartphone User is aiding the growth of the market

  • The mobile industry plays a key role in Latin America in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Mobile networks have enabled economic and social activities to continue. People have relied on the internet to stay connected to family and friends, access educational, financial, and health services, and work remotely.
  • As per the report by GSMA, smartphone connections in Latin America reached 500 million at the end of 2021, with an adoption rate of 74%. In addition, the next four years will see almost 100 million additional smartphone connections in the region, taking the adoption rate up to 80%. This will spur mobile internet adoption, enabling more people to access digital services and access to mobile banking for the first time.
  • With the introduction of 5G technology, the connectivity and advancement in the technology will propel the mobile payment market in the region; however, 4G will remain the foundation of the mobile industry in Latin America over the near term, accounting for almost 70% of total connections at the end of 2025. But most businesses will try to take advantage of 5 G-enabled devices as increased speed of data transfer and connectivity will attract more users to rely on smartphones for mobile payment transactions.
  • As per the GSMA report on Mobile Economy, by 2025, the economic contribution of the Latin American mobile ecosystem will grow by more than USD 30 billion as countries in the region increasingly benefit from the improvements in efficiency and productivity brought about by the increased take-up of mobile services.
Latin America Mobile Payments Market

Competitive Landscape

The Latin America Mobile Payments Market is highly competitive and fragmented with the presence of significant market players such as Mercado Pay, PIX, Rappi and PicPay. The companies are introducing new offerings and continuously investing in making partnerships and acquisitions along with product development to increase the market share. A few of the recent developments by the companies are listed below.

  • June 2022 - Zippi, a Brazilian fintech that came to market in 2021 with a credit solution via PIX (Brazil‘s real-time payment system) for self-employed people and micro-entrepreneurs, announced a USD 16 million (about BRL 82 million) funding round. Series A was led by US fund Tiger Global and followed by Volpe Capital, Y Combinator, Globo Ventures, Rainfall Ventures, Mantis, MSA Capital, Hummingbird, Soma Capital, and founders of companies such as Robinhood, Faire, Plaid, Kavak, Credits, GoJek, and Cobli.
  • November 2021 – Mastercard acquired Arcus FI to support the real-time payment applications and delivery of bill pay solutions across Latin America. With offices in Mexico City and New York, Arcus helps enable cash-in, cash-out services, and bill pay for some of the biggest retailers, billers, fintechs, and traditional financial institutions in the U.S. and Mexico, with expansion into Latin America. Its flagship solution, the Arcus Pay Network, has access and connection to the largest retailers.

Recent Development

  • June 2022 - Apple pay announced an update to its Apple Pay solutions: Apple Pay Later, which will allow users to pay in installments for their purchases—divided into four equal payments, over six weeks, without late fees or interest. The launch aims to increase focus on the payments industry.
  • June 2022 - Elo, a Brazilian payment technology company in partnership with BV Financeira, launched a payment solution that integrates a prepaid card to abastece-aí’s digital wallet and allows customers to buy via QR code in physical stores and with a virtual card in online stores. The company reported that the payment solution has a network of more than 8 million partner businesses across Brazil.

Table of Contents

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION

    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    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 Market Sizing and Estimates of Latin America Mobile Payments Market

    3. 4.3 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.3.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.3.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    4. 4.4 Assessment of Impact of COVID-19 on the Market

  5. 5. MARKET DYNAMICS

    1. 5.1 Market Drivers

      1. 5.1.1 Increasing number of smartphone users

      2. 5.1.2 Increasing internet penetration and growing E-commerce & M-commerce market ​

    2. 5.2 Market Challenges

      1. 5.2.1 Security issues associated with mobile payments

      2. 5.2.2 Initial cost of infrastructure

    3. 5.3 Market Opportunities

      1. 5.3.1 Digital trasnformation in financial Sector

      2. 5.3.2 Growing need of contactless and cashless payments

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

    5. 5.5 Analysis of Business Models in the Industry

    6. 5.6 Analysis of the Increasing Market Penetration of Mobile Wallets with a regional breakdown of key countries

    7. 5.7 Analysis on Enabling Technologies (Coverage to include NFC, QR, etc.)

    8. 5.8 Commentary on the growth of Mobile Commerce and its influence on the Market

  6. 6. MARKET SEGMENTATION

    1. 6.1 By Payment Type (Market share in percentage based on relative adoption)

      1. 6.1.1 Proximity

      2. 6.1.2 Remote

    2. 6.2 By Country

      1. 6.2.1 Brazil

      2. 6.2.2 Mexico

  7. 7. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

    1. 7.1 Company Profiles

      1. 7.1.1 Nubank

      2. 7.1.2 MercadoLibre S.R.L (Mercado Pago)

      3. 7.1.3 Pagbank(PAGSEGURO INTERNET S/A )

      4. 7.1.4 Banco Inter

      5. 7.1.5 PicPay Payment Institution SA

      6. 7.1.6 yape (Banco de Crédito del Perú)

      7. 7.1.7 Banco original S.A

      8. 7.1.8 Ame Digital

      9. 7.1.9 Next Digital

      10. 7.1.10 uala

      11. 7.1.11 RapiPay Fintech Pvt Ltd

      12. 7.1.12 Pix (Banco Central do Brasil)

    2. *List Not Exhaustive
  8. 8. INVESTMENT ANALYSIS

  9. 9. FUTURE OF THE MARKET

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Latin America Mobile Payments Market market is studied from 2020 - 2027.

The Latin America Mobile Payments Market is growing at a CAGR of 24.5% over the next 5 years.

Pix(Banco Central do Brasil), PicPay Payment Institution SA, MercadoLibre SRL, Nubank, Pagbank(PAGSEGURO INTERNET S/A ) are the major companies operating in Latin America Mobile Payments Market.

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