airtel-moneyThe total value of transactions made in India through Airtel Money, the company’s mobile payments business, for the quarter ended December 31st 2013, grew 89.34% to Rs 1238.3 crore for the quarter ended 31st December 2013, up from Rs 654 crore reported for the previous sequential quarter, ended 30th September 2013. This is despite a 7.14% decline in active user base for the company, which reduced to 1.3 million from 1.4 million. The total number of transactions increased to 28.69% to 30.5 million, and average value per transaction grew substantially to Rs 406 per transaction, up 47%.

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This might be down to Airtel Money’s tie-up with the National Payments Corporation of India to offer mobile based Money Transfer through IMPS, or perhaps to the launch of the Airtel Money application, which the company says saw 45,000 downloads in the first 2 months. Last quarter (ending September 30th 2013), Airtel tied-up with North Bihar Power Distribution Company Limited (NBPDCL) to offer mobile-based electricity bill payments through airtel money across 21 districts of North Bihar.

Airtel Money In Africa

Airtel is likely to be encouraged by the performance of Airtel Money in Africa, where the average value per transaction was $ 23.4.  During the quarter, the total value of transactions made using this platform in Africa was $1713 million, double of the $867 reported last quarter. Airtel’s m-commerce offering is now present across all 17 countries it operates in Africa, and this quarter, it increased marketing spends in order to push for user adoption and usage.

Overview: India & Africa

The total customer base using the Airtel Money platform increased by a significant 50.9% to 2.73 Mn as compared to 1.81 Mn on a sequential quarter basis. The total number of transactions during the quarter was higher by 65.9% to 73.3 Mn in the current quarter as compared to 44.2 Mn in the previous quarter. Total value of transactions conducted using this platform increased by 97.5% to $1,713 Mn in Q3 as compared to $867 Mn in Q2 and $448 Mn in Q1. The average value per transaction increased by $3.7 to $ 23.4 during the quarter, as compared to $19.6 in the previous quarter.

Other Telcos In Mobile Payments

Vodafone has a license through its subsidiary Mobile Commerce Solutions Ltd, and has partnered with ICICI Bank for M-Pesa, and is slowly being rolled out. Vodafone India had also announced plans to launch a platform that would allow service providers and application developers to integrate with Vodafone’s payment mechanism, opening up its billing API, but given the delay, we’re not sure if that will ever see the light of day.

Tata DOCOMO has a license through its wholly owned subsidiary MMP Mobi Wallet Payment Systems and had partnered with ICICI Bank for mRupee money transfer and payment service. Last month, the telco had stated plans to extend the service to 26 Indian cities by the end of this fiscal (FY-14).

Idea Cellular had received a five-year prepaid mobile wallet license last month and has a partnership with Axis Bank (as does Airtel) for mobile money transfer services.

Reliance Jio which has a pan-India unified license had also received a mobile wallet license for a prepaid payment instrument called ‘Jio Money’ in November 2013.

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