EghtesadOnline: An estimated 2.89 billion transactions worth 4,769.01 trillion ($20.7 billion) were processed via Shaparak (the nationwide electronic payment network) in the fifth month of current fiscal year (July-22- August 21)
This was 0.95% rise in volume and 8.28% decline in value compared to the month before, according to report published on the Shaparak website.
Data shows 82.25% hike in the value of transactions compared to same period last year. The number of transactions grew 23.01% year-on-year.
Adjusted for inflation, the real value of transactions fell 11.39% on a monthly basis but shot up 39.68% YOY.
Shaparak offers services via internet, cell phone and POS devices.
According to the report, the total number of receiving instruments rose slightly by 0.07% compared to a month before to reach 11.38 million.
The rise was attributed largely to internet payment gateways and mobile instruments, which respectively increased 5.78% and 1.42% in number compared to the month before. The number of POS devices experienced a 0.97% fall during the period.
In terms of market share, POS devices were at the top with 76.07%. Mobile instruments came next with 12.15% followed by internet payment gateways at 11.78%.
In terms of volume and value, transactions processed via each receiving instrument, POS devices, as usual, had the lion’s share, accounting for 89.54% and 79.57% of the total volume and value by processing 2.59 billion transactions worth 3,794.86 trillion rials ($16.5b) in the month.
Online gateways were next accounting for 6.35% while mobile instruments represented 4.10% of the total.
In terms of services offered by Shaparak, data showed that in the month under review, 86.89% of the transactions were for buying goods and services. Buying cellphone recharges and paying bills were in second place at 8.38% and 4.74% of the transactions were made for checking account balances.
As for penetration rate of the receiving instruments, there were 1,874 instruments per 10,000 adults (above 18 years old) during the month.
POS devices had the highest and internet instruments the lowest penetration rates by the end of the month to August 21, with 1,426 and 220 instruments per 10,000 adults, respectively.