In Singapore, the digital market is transforming the banking sector, with the Asian city-state's recent opening to digital banks threatening the monopoly of traditional banks. A regional trend
The expanding digital payments market in Southeast Asia is expected to reach a volume of $2 trillion by 2030. According to a report produced by Google, transactions by that date are expected to triple in comparison to the previous decade, thanks to the driving force of fintechs and growing digital banks in the region. This annual study was co-sponsored with Temasek Holdings, Singapore's state-owned investor, along with other consulting firms, and looks at digital market trends in six countries-Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Another growth vector according to the report is the massive increase in Internet users, expected to reach 460 million by 2022. These numbers are likely to multiply in the coming years, in line with the population development dynamics throughout the Southeast Asian region. While during the pandemic, digital adoption saw a sudden growth throughout the area, now most companies are slowing down the phase of acquiring new customers to improve the engagement of those already reached in the past years. That's why, according to the report, the rapid acceleration seen in the past few years is now embarking on a normalization process, with a modest total of 20 million new users expected by 2022, representing half of what was achieved between 2020 and 2021. In Singapore, the digital market is transforming the banking sector, with the Asian city-state's recent opening to digital banks threatening the monopoly of traditional banks. According to Nikkei Asia's Tsubasa Suruga, the big banking groups can sleep soundly for the time being: their dominant position still keeps them ahead of the game, with their wide range of services and large customer base in tow. For virtual banks to match the profitability of these players will still take time.