After Grab’s launch into Myanmar in 2017, the ride-hailing giant intends to follow-up with the expansion of their e-wallet GrabPay, in the ride-hailing giant’s ongoing Southeast Asia takeover strategy.
GrabPay is considering Myanmar alongside Cambodia for expansion of its mobile payments service, along with a potential expansion of its range of business throughout ASEAN countries, as reported by Nikkei Asian Review. The move into Myanmar will likely also put the country on the map for the upcoming international wallet-to-wallet remittance service slated for launch in 2019.
There is no definite timeline for Grab’s potential foray into both countries for now.
However, Myanmar certainly has a bigger potential use case for an e-wallet app as despite its 53.4 million population, card penetration is only at 2%, and banked populations hover around a dismal 5%. Yet, 95% of Myanmar’s population own a mobile phone.
It is usually similar types of markets that are susceptible for a e-wallet revolution.
GrabPay would tread a path that has already been paved by local mobile payment players such as MyPay, TrueMoney, MyKyat, and a variety of others. There is also Wave Money, which is owned by an incumbent Telenor that will be a big contender for GrabPay.
Featured image credit: Grab Myanmar at the introduction of Zawgyi and Unicode font enabled app via Grab