Payments Banks in India: Challenges and Opportunities

The Road Less Traveled

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) granted ‘in-principle’ approval to 11 payments banks in August 2015. By the end of 2016, three had already dropped and timelines for others were hazy, creating doubts on the success of this seemingly progressive experiment of RBI.

The year 2017 began with a good omen, though. Airtel payments bank and India Post payments bank (IPPB) have commenced operations, Paytm is slated for August launch and Fino PayTech is tentatively confirmed for 2017 end. Although the news from Reliance (along with SBI) is still ambiguous, NSDL is still sticking to its launch date of ‘very soon’ for long and the recent talk of Idea and Vodafone merger creating doubts on their plans (both have payments bank approvals). For 2018, my hope is four to five payments banks would be operational across the country. Considering the challenges for payments banks, it’s still good news.

The verdict on the viability of payment banks varies, depending on whom you speak to. While the critics would easily fault the regulatory framework, even the strongest advocates would concede that payments bank isn’t a cakewalk. It necessarily needs a new, innovative approach. Innovation, in turn, requires creativity. And creativity is in some ways an antithesis of banking!

The road to building a payments bank is not only less traveled (considering this is one of a kind experiment) but is likely to be bumpy.

The Challenges

On paper, the concept of payments bank kills two birds with one stone. Firstly, it gives an impetus to the financial inclusion initiative by widening the d ...

MOST POPULAR

To read this article, create a free account

Already a member? Log in


Annual Subscription

12-month access to 10,000+ insights, research reports, a database of 13,000+ FinTech companies, and a live global community.

$26/mo

TRY FREE FOR 7 DAYS

SKIP TRIAL

instant access to reports and global community along with donation to COVID-19 fund.

Quarterly Subscription

12-month access to 10,000+ insights, research reports, a database of 13,000+ FinTech companies, and a live global community.

$49/mo

TRY FREE FOR 7 DAYS

SKIP TRIAL

instant access to reports and global community

--------------- Reasons to buy ---------------

Understand the “Why” Behind the “What”

MEDICI offers data-driven, original, unique, and forward-thinking content to understand the “why” behind the “what”

10,000+ insights, 100+ research reports, and 1,000+ videos based on data, collected and processed by top-in-class researchers with over seven years of experience in the financial service industry.

Actionable Insights

We do not stop at the data; we analyze it and extrapolate actionable insights that shape and forecast market trends. All of our pieces are neutral, authentic, and unique – this means that you can’t read them anywhere else!

Data Visualization

We do also care about design. It’s why our infographics are the most-used ones in company reports and the most shared ones on social media.

Growing Proprietary Database of 13,000+ FinTech Companies

We have one of the largest databases with more than 13,000 company profiles listed across 60+ verticals! The database contains primary data collected in two ways:

Through our Global Listening Engine – a proprietary algorithm able to extrapolate and collect data across numerous sources

Directly from FinTechs – thanks to the onboarding flow through which companies can list themselves on the most used database for venture capital in the industry

Join the Largest Global FinTech Community

You will be added to our private WhatsApp Channel with more than 200 FinTech leaders across the globe, where we engage in discussions around various financial services topics daily. After a few clicks, you’ll get to know the whole community, including the MEDICI team – you can ask questions, suggest topics, and get behind-the-scenes insights

Q&A

What is MEDICI Inner Circle™?

MEDICI Inner Circle™ is the membership you need to freely access all MEDICI content, which includes insights, research reports, videos, startup knowledgebase, and the members-only community for live engagement.

What topics do you cover?

We cover more than 60+ sub-segments in FinTech – but we do not stop there; we also cover topics beyond FinTech, such as InsurTech, RegTech, PropTech, WealthTech, BankTech, AgriTech, and the enabling technologies enabling innovation such as AI, Blockchain, etc.

What do I get if I buy the membership? Is there a difference between being a free subscriber and being a member?

By becoming a member, you will unlock all the content on our website. A free subscriber gets access to only 5% of what we publish on the web-site. Paid members also get preferred access to our live events, and exclusive access to the members-only community for live digital engagement.

Do you have a discounted plan for students?

Yes. Please write to us at innercircle@goMEDICI.com.

Do you have an enterprise plan for corporates or groups?

Yes. Please write to us at innercircle@goMEDICI.com.

Do you offer refunds?

We offer a 7-day free trial during which you can access all of our data, insights, and analyses. You can cancel the subscription any time before the end of the free trial period. However, we do not offer refunds.

Unlock this article by signing up for MEDICI Inner Circle

--------------- OR ---------------