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China sees a sharp increase in mobile payments

New report highlights the growth of mobile transactions in CHina

A new report from the People’s Bank of China shows that mobile payments are growing at a rapid pace in China. Many people have become quite comfortable with the idea of purchasing products online using their mobile devices. A growing number of retailers are beginning to accept mobile payments in their physical stores as well, making it easier for mobile commerce to flourish. Mobile banking is becoming particularly popular among consumers who tend to manage much of their finances with the aid of a smartphone or tablet.

Some $500 million in mobile transactions occurred in 2013, up 255% over transactions recorded in 2012

According to the report from the People’s Bank of China, nearly $500 million has been sent through mobile devices throughout the country in 2013. This represents a 255% increase over the mobile transactions that were recorded by the bank in 2012. The report only takes into account transactions conducted through the country’s major banking entities, however, and the amount of mobile transactions that occurred last year may actually be higher.

Major planks play a dominant role in mobile commerce throughout China

China Mobile Payments GrowthMajor banks have established a very powerful position in China’s mobile commerce sector. These organizations currently provide the most popular mobile money services and have a massive consumer base to draw from. Smaller banking organizations have a limited presence in mobile commerce because of their fewer resources and their general inability to engage mobile consumers in an effective manner. Retailers tend to side with larger banks because they have a favorable track record and are more aggressive when it comes to matters concerning security.

Large e-commerce organizations are powering the growth of mobile payments within the country

E-commerce throughout the Asian-Pacific region is growing quite quickly, with China leading the way. The country is home to some of the largest companies in the global e-commerce scene, and these companies are becomming increasingly interested in mobile commerce. As these large companies begin to engage mobile consumers, China is expected to continue seeing a dramatic increase in mobile payments activity.

People’s Bank of China may revise caps placed on mobile payments

Regulations spark backlash from businesses and consumers interested in mobile commerce

The People’s Bank of China has announced that it is considering revising the caps it has placed on mobile payments. This comes as response to backlash from consumers and Internet firms alike, claiming that the caps placed on mobile payments were unnecessary and inappropriate. The caps were introduced as part of new regulations proposed by the People’s Bank of China. These regulations were meant to provide consumers and businesses with more security in the mobile commerce field while also introducing new standards to the mobile sector.

Regulations had placed caps on the amount of money consumers could spend through their mobile devices

The proposed regulations would have placed a cap on payments made from a mobile device to $1,630 per year, with an $800 cap on any single purchase made through a mobile device. These caps are considered to limit the mobile commerce sector significantly, making it difficult for retailers to engage consumers that are becoming more reliant on their mobile devices. Large companies with a vested interest in the mobile commerce field, such as Alibaba, have taken issue with the caps placed on mobile payments by the People’s Bank of China.

China is a prominent market for mobile commerce

China Mobile Payments and Chinese BankChina has become one of the most active mobile commerce markets in the world. The country is home to both Alibaba and Tencent, which have a powerful presence in the digital space. Both companies have been focusing more heavily on mobile commerce in recent months in order to accommodate the growing demand for mobile services coming from consumers. These consumers have become quite active in mobile commerce as well and have criticized the caps being placed on their ability to pay for products from mobile devices.

People’s Bank of China may remove the caps being placed on mobile purchases through new regulations

The People’s Bank of China is currently looking into revisions to its proposed regulations. These revisions would include either removing or reducing the cap being placed on mobile payments. Doing so would allow consumers and businesses to continue focusing on the mobile commerce space more aggressively in the future.