Airtel To Apply for Payments Bank License [In Partnership With Kotak]

When approved, Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited will acquire 19.90% stake in AMSL as an investor.

Bharti Airtel Limited hasĀ announced that its subsidiaryĀ Airtel M Commerce Services Limited (AMSL)Ā is seeking to convert its existing Prepaid Payment Instrument license into a Payments BankĀ licenseĀ to be issued by the Reserve Bank of India.airtel
It also announced that subject to grant of a Payments Bank license to AMSL by the RBI and all regulatory approvals, Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited (Kotak) will acquire 19.90%Ā stake in AMSL as an investor.
AMSL offers mobile money services under the brand name ā€œAirtel Moneyā€. Ā Airtel hasĀ over 215 million subscribers and with 31% revenue market share. Airtel’s distribution network reaches over 1.4 million retail points across India.
Paytm too is in the race to apply for a payment bank license.
Keynotes from RBI’s payment bank guidelines

  1. Existing non-bank Pre-paid Payment Instrument (PPI) issuers; and other entities such as individuals / professionals; Non-Banking Finance Companies (NBFCs), corporate Business Correspondents(BCs), mobile telephone companies, super-market chains, companies, real sector cooperatives; that are owned and controlled by residents; and public sector entities may apply to set up payments banks.
  2. A promoter/promoter group can have a joint venture with an existing scheduled commercial bank to set up a payments bank. However, scheduled commercial bank can take equity stake in a payments bank to the extent permitted under Section 19 (2) of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949.
  3. Promoter/promoter groups should be ā€˜fit and properā€™ with a sound track record of professional experience or running their businesses for at least a period of five years in order to be eligible to promote payments banks.
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