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Journal of Information Engineering and Applications ISSN 2224-5758 (print) ISSN 2224-896X (online) Vol 1, No.6, 2011


Problems and prospects of mobile banking in Bangladesh
S.M. Sohel Ahmed (Corresponding author) Lalmatia Mohila College Lalmatia, Dhaka-1207, Bangladesh. E-mail: smsohelahmed@gmail.com Shah Johir Rayhan Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, Dhaka-1207, Bangladesh. E-mail: johir_rayhan2006@yahoo.com Md. Ariful Islam Regional Statistical Officer Dinajpur, Bangladesh. Samina Mahjabin Department of Management & Finance Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, Dhaka-1207, Bangladesh

Abstract The main objective of the study is to find out the problem and prospect of mobile banking in Bangladesh. For this research primary data were used. This study adopts with descriptive in nature. Total respondents were 120 within that 61 % respondents think it saves time than traditional banking, the highest number of respondents use mobile banking for ‘Air-time top-up’ service, that is 21%, out of 120 respondents 56% replied it is less costlier than traditional banking, 100% respondents did agree that it is speedy, and 38% respondents are upper class. Although this concept is new in Bangladesh but its potentiality is high. From this research, other researchers and policy makers will get an insight about the problems and prospects of mobile banking in Bangladesh. Key words: Problem, prospect, Mobile banking. 1. INTRODUCTION E-business has been continuously growing as a new industry during the last decade (Van Hoeck, 2001). The banking industry has been leading this trend in recent years, and now all banking transactions completing through internet applications is sometimes called e-banking (Boss et al., 2000; Smith, 2006; Hwang et al., 2007; Shin, 2008). E-banking has revolutionized the way business is transacted by globalizing the business enterprise. E-banking technologies have proliferated in recent years, and the availability of a wide range of products has led to increasing adoption among consumers. These technologies include direct deposit, computer banking, stored value cards, and debit cards (Servon and Kaestner, 2008). Consumers are attracted to these technologies because of convenience, increasing ease of use, and in some instances cost savings (Anguelov et al., 2004). E-banking has been viewed as an upgrading from previous electronic delivery systems to open new business opportunities for the banking industry (Ebling, 2001).


Journal of Information Engineering and Applications ISSN 2224-5758 (print) ISSN 2224-896X (online) Vol 1, No.6, 2011


www.wikipedia.com defines cellular phone as: The Cellular telephone (commonly "mobile phone" or "cell phone" or "hand phone") is a long-range, portable electronic device used for mobile communication. (www.enterpriseinnovation.net) For the past two decades, the banking sector has chosen a new service channel based on the progress of information technology – internet to respond to the changes in customer preferences and needs, increasing competition from non-banks, changes in demographic and social trends, and government deregulations of the financial service sector (Byers and Lederer, 2001). In the search for sustainable competitive advantages in the technological financial service industry, banks have acknowledged the value to differentiate themselves from other financial institutions through new service distribution channels (Daniel, 1999). In addition, customer’s transaction and communication abilities have been improved by the developments of information technology. Information technology enabled electronic channels to perform many banking functions that would traditionally be carried out over the counter (Giannakoudi, 1999). The rise of electronic payments media such as debit and credit cards has caused the value of paid in the USA to fall to – from about $49 billion in 1995 to about $42...
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