TerraPay Recognised as a Rising Industry Star by Aite Research

By Sundeep Mehta

  • Mobile poised to revolutionise the remittance industry, with 7% of the global transactional traffic channelled digitally
  • Mobile wallet interoperability is a critical factor for digital take-off

Nairobi, Kenya - 14th April, 2016 - TerraPay, a mobile-first international payment network, has been recognized by Aite Research as a key digital innovator in its recent report; “Cross-border Remittances: Global Trends.” The report examines critical developments impacting international remittances and identifies digitalisation as a key trend poised to disrupt the industry.

The remittance industry is being digitally remastered. Remittance companies, irrespective of the size of their business, are adopting digital at the heart of their strategy. A growing base of customers comfortable with mobile technology to mediate their everyday lives, increasing competition from new entrants and pressure on operating margins, resulting from an evolving global consensus on lowering remittance transaction fees, are propelling the digital shift.

Conventional remittance services delivery models reliant on widespread agent networks are expensive to operate and would continue to diminish in importance. Currently, Aite Group estimates, 7% of total remittance volumes are channelled digitally. Globally, the wide availability of mobile wallet services in 54% countries, across the world, empowers large segments of the unbanked to safely and affordably store and exchange value. Africa leads the way with 90% of the countries offering mobile money services, followed by Asia Pacific, with 78% of total countries offering mobile money services. Harnessing the scale and the maturity of mobile money ecosystems for international remittances can have a transformational impact on the industry in terms of reaching financially underserved segments and promoting adoption of formal remittance products. mPesa, for instance, in Kenya charges customers between USD 1 and USD 2 for a USD 200 transfer compared to the USD 29 fee levied by traditional remittance businesses.

TerraPay is building the rails for international remittances by interconnecting mobile network operators, financial institutions and remittance service providers. Commenting on the Aite Research report Ambar Sur, Founder and CEO, TerraPay stated, “We consider the recognition as a confirmation of the commercial efficacy of the TerraPay “one network” model. Our partners continue to enthusiastically embrace the value TerraPay brings in terms of rationalizing costs and improving reach and engagement among blue-collar migrants and beneficiary households.”

TerraPay services are currently available in the South Asia and the GCC regions and would soon be launched in Africa. TerraPay enables customers to send monies to any mobile in the same way as they send text messages. Partners gain immediate access to Terra’s global network with zero CAPEX investments and benefit from the resultant network effects, which helps to grow the overall business.

The report, whilst outlining the bright future for cross-border digital transactions, also details essential determinants that would influence the pace of digitalisation. The key factors include willingness of mobile network operators to interoperate and partner, an enabling and favourable regulatory environment that eases entry barriers for new players and promotes competition as well as adoption of sustainable profitability-oriented business models by Fintech companies.

About TerraPay
TerraPay, a mobile-first international payment network, has been founded with the vision to send money to any mobile. Based in Netherlands, TerraPay is incubated by Mahindra Comviva, a global leader in delivering mobility financial solutions, and is a part of the USD 16.9 billion Mahindra group.

TerraPay interconnects financial services providers -- mobile wallet service providers, money transfer operators, banks and payment platforms – to create a “one network” for secure and seamless transnational movement of funds. The network facilitates a broad transaction set including interpersonal transfers, e-payments and government disbursements.

TerraPay is platform agnostic and supports standard open APIs for integration with any mobile wallet provider. Through a single connection, partners gain access to a global payment network enabling rapid services up-scaling whilst minimizing Opex and Capex investments. As a fully regulated financial intermediary services network, TerraPay offers services beyond principal core transaction, routing and processing functions and assumes end-to-end responsibility for, regulatory compliance foreign exchange management and funds settlement.

About Aite Group
Aite Group is an independent research and advisory firm focused on business, technology, and regulatory issues and their impact on the financial services industry. With expertise in banking, payments, securities and investments, and insurance, Aite Group’s analysts deliver comprehensive, actionable advice to key market participants in financial services. Headquartered in Boston with a presence in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, London, and Milan, Aite Group works with its clients as a partner, advisor, and catalyst, challenging their basic assumptions and ensuring they remain at the forefront of industry trends.‚Äč For more information, visit http://aitegroup.com/research