Viettel, VinaPhone dial in on e-payment service

Several local mobile service providers, including Viettel and VinaPhone, are now switching to the e-payment segment in the context that their revenues from basic mobile services such as call, text and value added services have declined. Report by the Saigon Times Daily.

Nguyen Duc Hung, in charge of sales and marketing of the value added service centre of VinaPhone, said basic services like phone and text were already saturated and that charges of these services were falling due to the fierce competition from free over-the-top (OTT) services.

Because of this, telecom enterprises now are competing with one another in terms of the value-added service and payment service, Hung said.

“Basic and value added services have been tapped thoroughly by telecom companies while only payment is the final segment that is not yet utilised at present. This is the segment bringing huge revenue.”

Viettel and VinaPhone are two mobile service operators joining the e-payment sector actively while MobiFone is also making a plan to enter this area.

In particular, Viettel has launched the BankPlus service allowing customers to make payments for water and electricity bills, air ticket purchases and money transfers via mobile phones. The service now is connected among 16 local banks such as Vietcombank, Vietinbank, BIDV and Sacombank, with users set to pay 11,000 VND (0.55 USD) per month to maintain the service.

Account transfers within the same bank costs a minimum 3,000 VND for one transaction while account transfers among different banks is charged 10,000 VND a time and the transaction check fee is set at 500 VND. However, certain banks offer free money transfers internally and only charge monthly service maintenance fees.

Pham Trung Kien, director of the e-commerce center of Viettel, informed that the BankPlus service of his firm had already connected 16 banks and attracted 2.4 million Viettel subscribers. Notably, over 1.5 million subscribers perform monthly transactions worth some 5 million VND a month each, Kien remarked.

In the meantime, VinaPhone with the e-purse model Momo supports customers via payments for air tickets and game card purchases and other digital contents. At the same time, customers are also able to transfer money through the e-purse model with a maximum amount of 5 million VND a day. The service now is being used by 700,000 VinaPhone subscribers.

Besides the basic payment, Viettel and VinaPhone said they were looking to connect with e-commerce websites as intermediate payment tools. According to Hung, VinaPhone is talking with several lenders over the payment channel connection besides cooperating with e-commerce websites to integrate the e-purse Momo as an online payment portal.

Similarly, Viettel is working with local e-commerce websites to launch its payment service in the e-commerce industry next year.-VNA

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