Mobile banking users number is estimated to reach 2 billion by 2021, representing 1/3 of global adult population.
New research from Juniper Research finds that over 2bn mobile users will have used their devices for banking purposes by the end of 2021, compared to 1.2bn in 2016 globally. Growth in mobile banking is being driven by consumer adoption of banking apps and the changing way consumers manage their finances.
Moreover, the number of mobile banking logins are now exceeding that of internet banking logins in many markets. For example, the BBA (British Trade Association for Banking) announced that banking app logins in the UK reached a record 11m per day during 2015, compared to 4.3m internet banking logins during the same period.
Meanwhile, a recent, Consumer Survey, conducted by Juniper Research found that around 65% of mobile banking customers in the US and the UK uses an app to conduct banking services.
Regarding the competition between traditional and digital banks, the report found that banks are becoming increasingly concerned that their market position is being undermined by tech-companies and pure-play vendors enabled by technology and regulations to enter the marketplace. For example, in the UK alone 5 new digital banks received licences or launched services so far in 2016, including Starling, Tandem, Atom, N26, and Monzo, with around 20 banks currently in talks with regulators to receive a licence.
Additionally, by 2017, banks in the EU will be compelled to open their APIs. This will result in many innovative new products that analyse (with permission) user data to create more attractive financial services for customers.