Thursday, December 8, 2016

2 Billion Transactions Through Paytm in 2016: Vijay Shekhar Sharma

On its way to complete two billion transactions this year surpassing its own expectations, Digital payments platform Paytm said it aims to become universal payments app across every bank account. 

The company also said it aspires to enter the US market in the long run as it sees an opportunity there. 

"Today Paytm is on the way to complete 2 billion transactions this year. I personally did not expect 2016 to end on such number. Our numbers are at 2 billion transactions this year, which in turn will enable us to become really the transaction layer on top of every bank account," said Paytm Founder and CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma told reporters here. 

"With connectivity with the UPI (Unified Payment Interface) we will become the payment app for every bank account. With UPI support Paytm is staking to become the payment layer on top of bank account out there," he added. 

Noting that at the time when banks are launching UPI app, there are consumer experience concerns, Sharma said while banks are busy with rupee demonetisation and rupee disbursement process, there is need and demand for "incredibly" built UPI app that can work across all banks. 

"Paytm wants to actually become the universal payments app across every bank account that exists there with partnership UPI. Yes, we (Paytm) will one day go to the US and I say this very clearly we will do. We will hit them in their own market. That is what the aspiration is," he said. 

Responding to a question on launching payment bank, the CEO said, "We are working at it," and added that obligatorily "we will have to do it before March 2017 as our licence obligates us to launch by then." 

He said the missing of earlier deadlines was due to multiple factors such as taking a step towards full blown CPS (Core Banking Software) instead of a small one, and also because the funding took time. 


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