Road Ahead for m-Banking

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Results from an m-commerce survey has revealed that 66% of banks consider

mobile banking as an excellent way of to enhancing existing customer services


Driven by the excellent opportunity provided by mobile banking to enhance

existing customer services, nearly a third of the world's largest financial

organizations are planning to launch mobile banking services in the next 12-24

months, according to a recent survey commissioned by Sybase 365, a subsidiary of


The survey, which was conducted by the independent research company Loudhouse,

pooled the views of 92 of the world's top financial institutions-32 European

banks, 30 banks in the United States, and 30 banks from the Asia Pacific region.

Results revealed that 66% of banks consider mobile banking as an excellent

opportunity to enhance existing customer service. While provision of such

services is considerably advanced in the Europe and Asia Pacific regions

compared to the US, growth is projected to be strongest in the US with 53% of

the US banks surveyed expecting to launch mobile banking services within the

next 24 months.


“Key factors for financial institutions offering mobile banking are not

solely commercial such as reducing costs or generating revenue,” said Matthew

Talbot, vice president, m-Commerce for Sybase 365. He further added, “Mobile

banking provides unique opportunities for customer interaction and retention.”

This broadening momentum should be encouraging for the consumer respondents

to mobile banking survey, 33% of whom expressed a desire to deal with finances

on the move. A key element in increasing adoption, which is mirrored in the 2007

consumer study, is the level of awareness that customers have of mobile banking

services. It appears that banks are responding to the lack of awareness felt by

consumers, with 65% of the banks currently offering mobile services, stating

that marketing budgets and activities to raise awareness are part of their

strategic plan for 2008.


The most common mobile banking services currently available to customers

include balance on demand (offered by 87% of banks with mobile banking

services), transaction alerts (77%), money transfers (74%) and balance alerts

(71%). Of those banks that offer such services, the top reasons for doing so are

to improve the customer experience (87%), to extend Internet banking (81%) and

to achieve competitive advantage (71%).

The field research for the Sybase 365 Global Mobile Banking survey was

undertaken using a Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) system,

targeting decision makers within the financial sector responsible for the

delivery of mobile and/or Internet banking. The sample comprised top 1,000

banking institutions in the world, of which 92 interviews were conducted in


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