Tagged: contactless payments

Small Businesses in the UAE have been Hit Really Hard due to COVID-19, According to MENA Region Fintech Industry Executive

The MENA region’s digital payments sector is projected to grow by 6.5% from 2020 to 2021. The Coronavirus crisis may have accelerated the shift towards the adoption of all-digital platforms and services, including virtual payments. The MENA region’s Fintech industry participants recently noted that the… Read More

Fintech Investments in Australia Down to $548 Million in H1 2020 from $1.3 Billion from Last Year: Report

Fintech investments in Australia reached $376.5 million during H1 2020, which represents a 150% increase when compared to the same period from last year when $149.05 million for raised by Fintechs in the country. But there was a significant drop in mergers and acquisitions (M&A)… Read More

Contactless Transactions are Expected to Double the Number of Digital Payments to $8.26 Trillion by 2024: Report

Contactless transactions are expected to double the number of digital payments to $8.26 trillion by 2024, which is a key Fintech trend that has been accelerated due to COVID-19. Businesses are increasingly using contactless technology to improve customer experience and help them make secure payments,… Read More

Fintech and Digital Solutions Provider Thales to Assist Commercial Bank of Kuwait with Offering Secure Contactless Payments

Digital solutions provider Thales is reportedly supplying the Commercial Bank of Kuwait (CBK) with its Gemalto Trusted Services Hub (TSH), which will allow the bank’s customers to perform secure contactless payments from their smartphones. According to a release, a tokenization process will be used to… Read More

Delivery Hero, a MENA Region Online Delivery Service, Partners Mastercard to Digitize Entire Payments Process

Delivery Hero, a Berlin-based online delivery platform operating in the Middle East, has teamed up with Mastercard in order to digitize its entire payment process across all its products offered to MENA region customers. Delivery Hero app users will have the option to pay for… Read More

BBVA Continues to Work on Quantum Computing Data Projects, also Collaborating with German Fintech Rubean to Trial Contactless Payments Solution

BBVA, a Spanish multinational financial services company based in Madrid and Bilbao, Spain with nearly €700 billion in assets, is reportedly planning to conduct trials of its new software that allows merchants to take contactless payments via their Android mobile devices, without having to install… Read More

German Digital Bank N26 Aims to Offer Experience that Fits Modern Lifestyles, Celebrates 1 Year US Launch

Germany-based digital bank N26, which offers a mobile banking platform, is celebrating its one year anniversary in the US with almost 500,000 customers. As mentioned in a release shared with Crowdfund Insider: “Since announcing its public US launch in partnership with Axos Bank in August… Read More

COVID-19 Is Leading to Changes in Consumer Behavior such as Increased Use of Digital Financial Services, Now Supported by Banks, Globally

Countries throughout the world are struggling to cope with the COVID-19 outbreak and resulting socio-economic challenges. Although many places have been trying to re-open for business and lockdowns are being eased, globally, there might be a second wave of the Coronavirus that could lead to… Read More

South Korean City of Seongnam to Expand Blockchain based Contactless Payments Platform by Introducing Digital Gift Certificates

The South Korean city of Seongnam is reportedly planning to expand its blockchain or distributed ledger tech (DLT)-enabled payment platform by introducing digital gift certificates. The city’s DLT based payments platform will be accessible via a mobile app, called Chak. The app has been developed… Read More

Cambodian Fintech Clik, a Payment Aggregation Service, Acquires $3.7 Million in Seed Funding

Clik, a Cambodia-based Fintech firm, has reportedly acquired $3.7 million in seed funding. The company has also hired new staff members. Clik’s management noted that the funds raised would be used to expand its business operations, including its product engineering and customer service teams, in… Read More

Challenger Banks See Declining Number of App Downloads, as Consumers Go to Incumbents for their Stability, Familiarity, Fintech Exec Explains

Ian Bradbury, CTO for Financial Services, Fujitsu UK, has surprisingly claimed that the COVID-19 outbreak has “changed very little” when it comes to the Fintech and the larger financial sector, in general. He argues that the financial industry’s digital and systemic transformation had already begun,… Read More

Fintech has Emerged as a “Game Changer” during COVID-19 for Consumers in the Philippines, Traditional Businesses Must Catch Up, Industry Exec Argues

Ney Villasenor, the VP and chief corporate affairs officer at GCash, a Fintech company that facilitates fast and secure mobile payments, has noted that there’s no doubt that COVID-19 has made Fintech services essential for people residing in the Philippines. Villasenor pointed out that cash… Read More

Fintech Executive Says COVID-19 has been the “Shot in the Arm” that Contactless Payments Needed, Now It’s Unsafe to Use Paper Currency

Jane Gladstone, the recently appointed president of Promontory Interfinancial Network, has been working in Fintech investment banking since the 1990s. Gladstone established a Fintech merger and acquisition (M&A) and advisory service during the 90s, while working at Morgan Stanley. Gladstone, the former senior MD at… Read More

Jay Nair: Senior VP at Infosys Explains how Financial Services Providers are Adopting Digital Transformation Strategies Due to COVID-19

We recently caught up with Jay Nair, Senior Vice President of Financial Services at Infosys (NYSE: INFY), a global leader in digital services and consulting. The company has clients in 45 countries who use its services to develop their digital transformation strategies. The firm has… Read More

Digital Transformation: Australia Might Be On Track to Become a Cashless Economy like Sweden due to COVID-19

Bank branches and ATMs might continue to disappear across Australia as the COVID-19 outbreak is expected to accelerate the shift towards a cashless economy. Local news outlet 7NEWS Sydney reports that the use of cash has been reduced by over 50% due to the Coronavirus… Read More

Banking Challenger Branch Partners with Mastercard to Provide Cardholders Instant Access to Funds and Contactless Payments Option

Banking challenger Branch, a service provider that works with employers, has teamed up with Mastercard in order to provide cardholders instant access to their funds. Customers may directly add their Branch Mastercard debit cards to their mobile wallets, which supports Apple Pay and Google Pay…. Read More

COVID-19, 5G and the Evolution of Contactless Payments

The U.S. payments landscape has faced several hurdles when it comes to contactless adoption. But while the growth of contactless payments in the country has been slow, it is expected to gain increased traction through 2020 due to the proliferation of contactless-capable point of sale… Read More

Digital Banking: Six Million or 12% of UK Consumers have Switched to Virtual Banking Services Following COVID-19 Outbreak

Retail sales in the UK have surged dramatically from 16% to 27% of all sales in the country. Tony Moroney, managing partner at, Beta Digital Ltd, predicts: “The end of main street is nigh.” Moroney notes that Amazon’s retail sales surged 26% during Q1 2020,… Read More

UK’s NatWest Reports Significant Increase in Local Businesses Accepting Payment Cards, as they Move Away from Cash Due to COVID-19

Consumers across the globe continue to increasingly use digital payments options instead of physical cash, due to COVID-19. NatWest claims that it has witnessed a significant increase in UK businesses that are now ready to accept payment cards. The lender notes that 70% of local… Read More

Digital Banking in Bahrain Now Seen as a Necessity, Not a “Luxury” Like Before Due to COVID-19, Local Fintech Professional Says

  Bahrain’s residents have been using mobile and digital payments platforms a lot more now than they were before the COVID-19 outbreak. Safe distancing measures have been introduced throughout the Kingdom, in order to prevent the further spread of the Coronavirus. There are currently 7,888… Read More

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