Mobile Money Accounts Increased by 31 Per Cent to 411 Million in 2015


Mobile Money Industry Continues to Grow With More Than One Billion Transactions Processed In December 2015

The GSMA today released its fifth annual ‘State of the Industry Report on Mobile Money’. The report provides a quantitative assessment of the industry, drawing on the results of the annual GSMA Global Adoption Survey of Mobile Financial Services, data from the GSMA Mobile Money Deployment Tracker and insights on mobile money performance from the GSMA’s engagement with the industry over the last year.

“Mobile money is driving social and economic impact for millions of people in emerging markets,” said John Giusti, Chief Regulatory Officer, GSMA. “Over the last decade, mobile money has done more to extend the reach of financial services than traditional bricks and mortar banking were able to do over the last century. With 411 million mobile money accounts today, mobile is an increasingly critical platform for expanding financial inclusion globally.”

Growth in Services

Mobile money is changing the landscape of financial inclusion. With 271 services in 93 countries, mobile money is now available in 85 per cent of markets where less than 20 per cent of the population have an account at a formal financial institution. The report shows that the number of active mobile money users is growing rapidly year-on-year. As of December 2015, there were more than 134 million accounts active, with 30 services having more than one million active accounts and seven services with more than four million. Mobile network operators continue to play a leading role in delivering mobile money and expanding financial inclusion.


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