South Korea Real Time Payments Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The South Korea Real Time Payments Market is Segmented by Payment Type (P2P, P2B). The Market Sizes and Forecasts are Provided in Terms of Value (USD) for all the Above Segments. The Market Sizes and Forecasts are Provided in Terms of Value (USD) for all the Above Segments.

South Korea Real Time Payments Market Size

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South Korea Real Time Payments Market Summary
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Study Period 2019 - 2029
Base Year For Estimation 2023
Market Size (2024) USD 1.48 Billion
Market Size (2029) USD 7.38 Billion
CAGR (2024 - 2029) 37.91 %
Market Concentration Medium

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South Korea Real Time Payments Market Major Players

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South Korea Real Time Payments Market Analysis

The South Korea Real Time Payments Market size is estimated at USD 1.48 billion in 2024, and is expected to reach USD 7.38 billion by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 37.91% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

The primary factors which are driving the market's growth are the increased internet and smartphone penetration, growing e-commerce transactions, and government initiatives, among others.

  • The increasing ubiquity of smart devices and growing online retail commerce drive the adoption of real-time payments. In addition, rapid technological changes such as the rollout of 5G and increased smartphone penetration across South Korea encourage real-time payments. 
  • According to the ACI worldwide report, real-time payment transactions are expected to grow to 11.3 billion in 2026 in South Korea due to digitalization in banking and financial institutions. The spread of e-commerce payment transactions and the introduction of Internet banking in the past few decades are accelerating the movement toward a further diversification of the range of electronic payment and settlement systems in the region. 
  • The rapid growth of digital wallets and the expansion of digital payment services by key vendors across South Korea the declining popularity of paper-based transactions in the country as accelerated a move towards real-time payments in the region.
  • However, amid rapid growth in cyber crimes in recent years, the level of insecurity regarding payment frauds has increased, which is anticipated to remain among the major factor challenging the studied market's growth in South Korea during the forecast period.
  • Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated major shifts in the payment behavior of South Korean users by declining the usage of paper-based payments, switching from in-store to online payment methods, and adopting instant or real-time payments. These major shifts towards real-time payments created new opportunities for major real-time players in South Korea.

South Korea Real Time Payments Market Trends

Digital Transformation coupled with High Smartphone Penetration is Expected to Drive the Market

  • South Korea is among the countries with the highest penetration rate of smartphones. Additionaly, the proliferation of 3G and 4G enabled customers to have easy access to make payments on their mobile phones. Moreover, 5G network is gaining traction across region, which further propels the real-time payments market growth.
  • Further, mobile payment providers such as Toss, KakaoPay, and N-Pay are also increasingly popular, resulting in more popularity of real-time payments in South Korea. According to PRPO, a fintech firm, the country is expected to become an e-commerce hub and is projected to register around 13% CAGR by 2024. In February 2023, cards in South Korea accounted for 66%, and digital wallets stood at 22%, according to PRPO.
  • In addition, massive adoption of real-time payments among merchants, as well as increase in usage of smartphones and faster connectivity, has enabled retailers and customers to conduct real-time payments via their smartphones, propelling the growth of market.
  • Rise in use of smartphones and surge in faster connectivity have enabled retailers and customers to receive and make real-time payments via their smartphones, which propels growth of the market.
South Korea Real Time Payments Market : 5G Availability in Leading Countries in 2023, In %

P2B Segment is Expected to Gain Significant Traction Supported by Rising E-commerce Transactions

  • The e-commerce market witnessed significant growth due to the COVID-19 pandemic in South Korea, leading to wider acceptance of online and cashless payments, such as digital wallets and real-time payments. The users found it suitable and easy to use instant payment methods during online shopping for immediacy and better checkout solutions offered by real-time payments.
  • Furthermore, According to the National Brand Competitiveness Index of online shopping mall brands in South Korea in 2023, SSG.com's brand competitiveness index measured 81 out of 100, which in turn is creating a favorable outlook for the studied market's growth.
  • Moreover, with booming e-commerce in South Korea, cross-border e-commerce is also exploding. Due to this, merchants and consumers demand is growing for fast, convenient payment processing and instant settlement payment solutions. Owing to this, many major players, such as EMQ, offer cross-border real-time payments to consumers and merchants in South Korea, further increasing the demand for P2B real-time payment transactions in the region.
  • Further, in December 2023, Visa is expanding its Fintech Fast Track program beyond card issuance to connect members to Visa’s real-time1 money movement platform, Visa Direct and Supports multiple use cases, e.g. persontoperson payments and account transfers, business transactions and government payoffs for individuals or small businesses, and merchant settlements and refunds. In the forecast period, such factors are expected to increase P2B payments in real time.
South Korea Real Time Payments Market: Online Shopping Mall Brand Competitiveness Index in South Korea 2023, Number

South Korea Real Time Payments Industry Overview

The South Korea Real Time Payments Market is semi-consolidated. With consumer preferences changing rapidly towards faster payments, the real-time payments market has become a lucrative option and, thus, has attracted a huge amount of investments. The major market players offer convenient payment solutions and rapidly indulge in merger and acquisition activities to increase the consumer base and product offerings.

  • In March 2023, the Financial Regulator of South Korea approved the launch of Apple Pay in the country and allowed local credit card firms to launch Apple Pay Service. The financial authority expects the launch of Apple Pay to promote the NFC payment service in South Korea.
  • In February 2023, Samsung and Naver formed entered into a strategic partnership to maintain the market leadership in South Korea in mobile payments, as Apple is expected to launch Apple Pay in the coming months. Several card companies like KB Kookmin, Shinhan, Hana, Lotte, NH NongHyup, and Woori have agreed to form a common 'open pay' service.

South Korea Real Time Payments Market Leaders

  1. KakaoPay (Kakao Corp.)

  2. Naver-Pay (Naver Corporation)

  3. Toss (Viva Republica Inc.)

  4. VISA Inc.​

  5. Mastercard Inc.​

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

South Korea Real Time Payments Market Concentration
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South Korea Real Time Payments Market News

  • November 2023 - Visa, has announced the expansion of Real Time Visa Account Updater (VAU) to selected markets in Asia Pacific, streamlining the payment experience for merchants and customers by providing cardholders with a single credential for life. With the introduction of the service in Asia Pacific, consumers and merchants in the region will have access to Real Time VAU across subscription services such as ride-hailing, food delivery and monthly utility payments, amongst others.
  • July 2023 - Fiserv has launched Federal Reserve’s new instant payments system driving more large merchant interest in pay-by-bank capabilities for consumers and by launch of the Federal Reserve’s FedNow instant payments system has heightened interest in pay-by-bank options.

South Korea Real Time Payments Market Report - 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 South Korea

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

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

  5. 5. MARKET DYNAMICS

    1. 5.1 Market Drivers

      1. 5.1.1 Digital Transformation coupled with High Smartphone Penetration is Expected to Drive the Market

      2. 5.1.2 Growing Need For Faster Payments and 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 and Security Issues

      2. 5.2.2 Existing Dependence on Paper-based Payments

    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

  7. 7. Competitive Landscape

    1. 7.1 Company Profiles

      1. 7.1.1 KakaoPay (Kakao Corp.)

      2. 7.1.2 Naver-Pay (Naver Corporation)

      3. 7.1.3 Toss (Viva Republica Inc.)

      4. 7.1.4 VISA Inc.

      5. 7.1.5 Mastercard Inc.

      6. 7.1.6 EMQ

      7. 7.1.7 Fiserv Inc.

      8. 7.1.8 PayCo (NHN Corp.)

      9. 7.1.9 ACI Worldwide Inc.

      10. 7.1.10 American Express Company

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

  9. 9. FUTURE OUTLOOK OF THE MARKET

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South Korea Real Time Payments Industry Segmentation

Real-time Payments (RTP) or instant payments combine immediate funds availability, settlement finality, instant confirmation, and integrated information flows, all in a payment made in seconds. By bringing speed, data, and communication together, real-time payment solves longstanding challenges and is available 24/7.

The South Korean real time payments market is segmented by payment type (P2P, P2B). The market sizes and forecasts are provided in terms of value (USD) for all the above segments.

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South Korea Real Time Payments Market Research FAQs

The South Korea Real Time Payments Market size is expected to reach USD 1.48 billion in 2024 and grow at a CAGR of 37.91% to reach USD 7.38 billion by 2029.

In 2024, the South Korea Real Time Payments Market size is expected to reach USD 1.48 billion.

KakaoPay (Kakao Corp.), Naver-Pay (Naver Corporation), Toss (Viva Republica Inc.), VISA Inc.​ and Mastercard Inc.​ are the major companies operating in the South Korea Real Time Payments Market.

In 2023, the South Korea Real Time Payments Market size was estimated at USD 0.92 billion. The report covers the South Korea Real Time Payments Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the South Korea Real Time Payments Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

South Korea Real Time Payments Industry Report

Statistics for the 2024 South Korea Real Time Payments market share, size and revenue growth rate, created by Mordor Intelligence™ Industry Reports. South Korea Real Time Payments analysis includes a market forecast outlook to for 2024 to 2029) and historical overview. Get a sample of this industry analysis as a free report PDF download.

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