Top 10 Countries Leading in Real-Time Payments

Arijit Karan Arijit Karan
Nov 12, 2021 5 min read
Top 10 Countries Leading in Real-Time Payments

With the advent of cheap, a large number of countries are trying to go cashless. Going full digital will also help Government track their money better. Almost every country has devised its own payment app. After the pandemic, there were about 70 billion digital transactions that happened in 2020 alone. A number of people have now turned to online shopping at present. This is why in every country there was a surge in digital shoppers.

But what is real time payments you may ask, Realtime payments are platforms or networks via which online payments can be made 24/7.

So, let's look at the Countries with the most real-time payments. These countries have innovated significantly in their digital payment space. This has enabled the common man to make transactions digitally.

India
USA
China
South Korea
United Kingdom
Brazil
Thailand
Japan
Nigeria
Mexico
FAQ

India

India has the most real-time payments. It seems that India has successfully designed payment technologies that can be used by the common man. India has a number of apps that are reliable for digital payment.

Companies like Paytm and Google Pay have pioneered digital payment in India. They have made digital payment accessible to the common man. The main game changer was UPI. This is what led to such high digital transactions. Paytm has also enabled QR-based payment for any kind of small business. This is why anyone could digitally pay anybody. After the pandemic, there was a significant rise in online shopping and which gave rise to the digital contactless payments.

United States of America

The United States Of America also has a huge amount of online transactions in the world. Companies like PayPal and Google Pay are leading in the USA. They have redefined banking and has made banking transaction much simpler. After the pandemic, the USA also saw a significant rise in online transactions. The USA now has the highest number of online transactions after India.

China

China has a huge amount of online transactions and it has a number of online payment app. AliPay has more transactions than any other company. There is also a huge customer base for Taobao. A lot of businesses fully transact digitally. The businesses which operate with AliPay also transact digitally.

South Korea

South Korea is another country that has digitized all kinds of banking and peer-to-peer transactions in a big way. Β Apps like Amex, Kakao Pay and has a lot of transactions in South Korea. There are other apps like Toss Pay, Payco, T-money, Cashbee, Visa payment. After the pandemic, a lot of businesses came online and started accepting payments online. This led to increase in online payment.


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United Kingdom

The United Kingdom also has a lot of digital transactions. There is a number of options for digital wallets in the United Kingdom. PayPal is one of the prime companies which provide all kinds of banking transactions. After the pandemic, there is a huge rise in online payment in e-commerce. There are also other fintech companies that are coming into the space to provide solutions in this sector.

The UK is trying to build a very robust online payment system and the adoption of people to digital ways is also increasing.

Brazil

Brazil is also taking huge strides to transition to online payment. Though in the present, people in Brazil do 40% of transactions by cash a lot of people are transitioning to online means. There are a number of Fintech companies that have mushroomed up in order to provide service in this space. Pix a fintech software launched by Brazil's Central Bank is used hugely in this country.

Thailand

Thailand is another country that is doing a lot in the field of online payment. They have come up with a payment platform called prompt pay. Before pandemic Thailand had about 7 million, now it has 14.5 million transactions in the whole country. There are also other startups that are coming forward and are building solutions to make digital payment more feasible.

Japan

Though Japan is a very technologically advanced country, it is still making a huge amount of transactions in cash only. Experts say that the scenario will change as a lot of the younger population will start transacting through online means. After the pandemic, Japan also saw a significant rise in digital transactions.

Nigeria

Nigeria is another country that has tried implementing digital payment methods in its territory. There are many apps like Tingg, Paga, Mobile Money. After the pandemic, the digital payment penetration is very high. Though there are other challenges like poor internet, a lot of entrepreneurs are coming forward to provide solutions in this area.

Mexico

Mexico is transitioning to digital modes of payment recently but a lot needs to be done in this sector. Presently about 85 % of transactions happen through cash. Strange behavior that has been noted in the Mexican people is that they consider cash to be more reliable than online payment. Even if they are buying something on any e-commerce, they prefer cash on delivery. Apart from that, the banks are also not very innovative.


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Conclusion

The Covid 19 has provided a massive boost to real-time payment applications as people were confined in their homes and opted for a cashless solution.

FAQ

Which country has most number of digital payments?

India is the leading country with 25.5 billion real-time payment transactions.

How many countries have instant payments?

54 countries have activated real-time payment systems.

Which country doesn't use cash?

Sweden is a country where about 80 percent of Swedes use cards with 58 percent of payments being made by card and only six percent made in cash, according to the Swedish Central Bank.

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