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China developing a national mobile payments platform

China to be one of the few countries to have a unified, national payments platform

China is currently working to develop a national mobile payments platform. Once the platform is launched, China will be one of the very few countries in the world to have a unified mobile payments system. Chinese consumers have been involving themselves in mobile commerce quite heavily in recent years. As mobile devices become more common throughout the country, people are using these devices to shop online more regularly. The country’s retailers have also been embracing mobile commerce in an effort to connect with a new generation of consumers.china - national mobile payments platform

Payment platform expected to make use of NFC Technology

China’s mobile commerce platform is to make use of NFC technology. The country believes that NFC has a bright future in mobile commerce because of the growing number of devices that are making use of this technology. NFC has formed the backbone of mobile commerce for some time and has been praised for its ability to transmit digital information over short distances efficiently. Unfortunately, mobile devices that do not support NFC technology are unable to use NFC-based platforms unless these platform offer support for devices that are not NFC-enabled.

Several organizations come together to help develop national payments platform for China

The China Constrction Bank, China CITIC Bank, China Everbright Bank, China UnionPay, and China Mobile have been linked to the development of the country’s national payments platform. These organizations already have some experience in mobile payments and have been promoting mobile finance for some time. According to the People’s Bank of China, mobile commerce is currently undergoing a standardization process wherein consumers are becoming more comfortable with purchasing products from their mobile devices.

Chinese consumers favor platforms that do not rely solely on NFC technology

Payments processed through NFC-based services represent approximately 0.8% of mobile spending throughout China. Many retailers have opted to support other mobile commerce services that do not rely entirely on NFC technology to engage consumers. Given the low availability of NFC-enabled devices, consumers have shown favor for NFC-free platforms that allow them to shop for and purchase products online.

Report highlights growth of mobile commerce in China

Mobile payments continue to grow in China

Maverick China Research, a market research firm based in China, has released a new report concerning mobile payments and the favor they garnered among consumers in 2013. Mobile commerce has become a powerful force in China, especially as ownership of smartphones and tablets continues to rise at a rapid pace. A growing number of people are showing a strong interest in shopping online, using their mobile devices to find and purchase products that they are interested in.

Consumers are becoming more interested in online shopping

According to the report, the mobile commerce field saw a great deal of activity throughout China in 2013, especially where retail is concerned. The report notes that more retailers have come to embrace mobile payments as a way to engage a new generation of consumers that have a strong reliance on their smartphones and tablets. These retailers have developed or purchased point-of-sale systems specifically meant to accommodate mobile commerce.

Mobile device ownership grows

China Mobile Commerce GrowthThe report notes that mobile devices have reached a point where they can reliably provide an enjoyable mobile commerce experience. Moreover, the number of consumers that have smartphones and other such devices has reached new heights in China, and many of these people are showing that they are willing to shop online. According to the report, approximately 30% of the mobile devices sold throughout China at the start of 2013 were smartphones.

3G helps mobile commerce prosper

Mobile Internet has also become more reliable in China over the past year. China’s 3G networks have been bolstered by telecommunications companies and an estimated 200 million people make use of these networks on a regular basis. A fast and reliable Internet connection is needed for an enjoyable online shopping experience and 3G has helped mobile commerce establish a stronger presence in China than it had in previous years.