The third-party payment industries in China and in the United States are mainly composed of payment and settlement organizations, account-side payment institutions, acquirer-side payment institutions, and software and hardware suppliers. The industry scale effect is obvious, and oligopoly and even monopoly have appeared in some links of the industry. Due to the influence of regulatory policies and market maturity, the differences between the Chinese and American third-party payment industries in the account-side market and the acquiring-side market are particularly obvious. Technological innovation has promoted mobile payment to become the mainstream of the market. In 2019, the scales of mobile payment users in China and in the United States were 733 million and 64 million, and the market penetration rate is quite different. Oligopoly has already appeared in China's mobile payment in the account-side market, and Chinese market needs to rely on expanding scenario coverage and business innovation to drive development; the US mobile payment account-side market is slow to develop and is still in the expansion stage. In the acquiring-side market, small and medium-sized merchants with long-tail effects have become the focus of competition among Chinese and American acquiring-side payment institutions. It is the future trend to provide merchants with one-stop payment solutions around payment services. iiMedia Consulting analyst believes that in the wave of global digital development, the enabling role and value creation capabilities of payment institutions will be further improved, especially in the field of merchant services. Building a closed-loop service ecosystem around payment businesses has huge growth potential. The pioneers represented by Lakala and Square has broad prospects for development.
iiMedia Research(艾媒咨询)数据显示，中国移动支付交易规模在2019年第三季度已经达到252.2万亿元，用户规模在年底预计超过7.3亿人，覆盖更多层级的用户，全国普及程度持续提高。中国移动支付行业正在往标准化和规范化发展，市场竞争加剧。随着人脸技术的成熟，刷脸支付加快普及，iiMedia Research(艾媒咨询)数据显示，预计到2019年刷脸支付用户规模将会达到1.18亿人。未来移动支付行业会更加规范化，市场逐渐下沉，细分化的支付场景和多元盈利模式将会成为移动支付行业新的发展入口。
As the data of iiMedia Research showed, the scale of China's mobile payment transactions has reached 252.2 trillion yuan in the third quarter of 2019, and the number of users is expected to exceed 730 million by the end of the year. The popularity of mobile payment in China is increasing and covering more levels of users. China's mobile payment industry is becoming more standardized, and market competition is intensifying. With the development of face perception technology, the popularity of face payment has increased, according to iiMedia Research by 2019, the number of face brush payment users will reach 118 million. In the future, the mobile payment industry will become more standardized and go towards to the market sinking. Segmented payment scenarios and diversified profit models will become the new development opporunity of the mobile payment industry.
iiMedia Research（艾媒咨询）数据显示，2018年中国实有各类市场主体11020万户，其中个体工商户规模超7000万户，庞大的企业市场主体催生了支付机构服务B端的巨大市场。而针对B端支付的业务中，收单业务成为第三方B端支付企业重点挖掘的对象。截至2019上半年，中国联网POS机已达3287.3万台，每万人对应POS机235.6台。小微商户除了收单业务外，对于营销、财务管理等服务也具有较高的使用需求。iiMedia Research（艾媒咨询）数据显示，85.4%的受访商户表示会关注第三方支付平台增值服务的提供情况。但受限于经营体量，它们难以开发相关业务系统或寻找适合的服务渠道。而第三方B端支付平台也开始以支付为切口，为小微商户提供增值服务，以更好地赋能商户经营。
As the data of iiMedia Research showed, there were 110.2 million market entities in China in 2018, of which more than 70 million businesses were self-employed, and the huge market participants gave birth to a huge market for payment institutes to serve merchants. Among all the business for merchant payments, receipt business becomes the focus of third-party merchant payment enterprises. As of the first half of 2019, the connect POS has reached 32.873 million units, with 235.6 POS per 10000 people. In addition to receipt business, small and micro enterprises also have a high demand for marketing, financial management and other services. As the data of iiMedia Research showed, 85.4% of the interviewed enterprises expressed concern about the value-added services provided by the third-party payment platforms. However, limited by their business volume, it is difficult for them to develop relevant business systems of find suitable service channels. The third-party merchant payment platform has begun to take payment as a starting point to provide value-added services for small and micro enterprises, in order to better enable enterprises to operate.
C-end payment industry saturated, B-end payment growth slowed down. Alipay and Cai Fu Tong formed a duopoly pattern in the C payment market. Polaris System of iiMedia shows that the number of active users of Alipay in February 2019 has reached 556.52 million, ranking the first place. Second is Wing Payment accounting for only 1/7 of Alipay's, while the eighth ranked Lakala only 1/813 times of Alipay's. As for the B-end payment market, the number of online POS machines and bank cards reached 27.33 million and 34.51 million in 2018, an increase of 9.49% and 5.42% over the same period of last year, and the growth rate declined slightly. At the same time, the third-party payment industry policy has become stricter. In 2018, the central bank imposed unprecedented penalties on third-party payment violations. Third-party payment agencies received at least 203 million yuan in penalties. However, with the gradual standardization of the industry, the operating costs of small and medium-sized Payment institutions increase, and industry resources will gather to more standardized head enterprises, which will open the gap with other smaller payment institutions.