Boston, MA
March 2006

Predicting Mobile Payment Success In Asia

As mobile payments show signs of proliferating across the globe, both traditional payments providers and cellular market stakeholders will look to introduce products and services to the market.  Identifying the ideal markets to target is a critical step in the process that can determine the success or failure of a small business unit or fledging organization.  In their latest research, Predicting Mobile Payment Success in Asia, Mercator Advisory Group explores the relationship between technology, payments, and strategy, as it relates to the success of mobile commerce markets in Asia. 

“The degree to which mobile commerce stakeholders can identify the sectors and markets with the highest demand for mobile based payments will determine the success of these stakeholders in a rapidly growing sector of the payments world.  Our research on both mature and developing markets in Asia provides insights into both what is happening today and where to look next for mobile commerce development,” offers Michael Friedman, Director of Mercator Advisory Group’s Emerging Technologies Service and author of this report.  

Predicting Mobile Payment Success in Asia provides readers with a view of the Asian mobile commerce landscape from a technological and geographic perspective.  Six mobile-based payment technologies are identified and discussed including NFC based payments, online mobile commerce and SMS messaging.  These technologies are further illustrated by a review of current and market conditions in China (and Hong Kong), Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan.   

The report goes on to identify three hypotheses around predicting the development of mobile commerce markets.  First, the relationship between technology penetration and mobile commerce maturity is examined.  Second, the report looks at the impact of electronic commerce on predicting mobile commerce development.  Finally, the report examines the prevailing operational models observed in the six countries for clues as to the development of some markets over others.


The report is 34 pages and contains 10 exhibits.

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