53% of Mobile Web Users in Key Emerging Markets Have Used a Mobile for Finance Activities
Mobile research specialists On Device Research, who use the mobile Internet to access consumer opinions, have released a report looking at the mobile finance activities of mobile Internet users in emerging markets.
One of the key take outs from the report is 53% of mobile Internet users in India, Kenya, Indonesia, Ghana and Nigeria have engaged in mobile banking and payment activities. This is especially high in Kenya where 96% of mobile Internet users have engaged in a financial activity via their mobile.
In addition, the report found that using mobiles for financial activities is also popular in rural areas, with almost equal penetration compared to urban usage in some countries.
The other key take out from the report is sending airtime credits is the most popular mobile finance activity, with 28% transferring credit. Airtime can be used as a form of currency to pay for goods and services.
Alistair Hill CEO of On Device Research said, “The high levels of mobile finance interaction we found in the research demonstrates there is fantastic M-Commerce opportunities for local entrepreneurs and western companies looking to move into emerging markets.”
This is the third release from On Device Research’s ‘Post PC Era’ series of reports, to download the report click here: Post PC Era: Mobile Banking and Payments in Emerging Markets 
Posted by Janine E. Mooney, Editor
May 08, 2012