|Founded||23 November 2016|
|Headquarters||New Delhi, India|
(MD & CEO)
|Revenue||₹1,291 crore (US$160 million)(FY23)|
|₹21.7 crore (US$2.7 million)(FY23)|
Airtel Payments Bank is an Indian payments bank with its headquarters in New Delhi. The company is a subsidiary of Bharti Airtel. On 5 January 2022, it was granted the scheduled bank status by Reserve Bank of India under second schedule of RBI Act, 1934.
In 2015, eleven companies received In-principle approval from the Reserve Bank of India to set up Payments Bank under the guidelines for Licensing of Payments Bank.
On 11 April 2016, Airtel Payments Bank became the first company to receive the Payments Bank license from the Reserve Bank of India under Section 22 (1) of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949. Airtel Payments Bank started with an 80:20 partnership between Bharti Airtel and Kotak Mahindra Bank.
Bharti Airtel launched Airtel Payments Bank in September 2016 and went live with its pilot project in Rajasthan in November 2016. It was launched nationally in January 2017 to support the cashless revolution promised by the Government of India.
In August 2021, Kotak Mahindra sold its stake to Bharti Enterprises. As on 31 December 2021, 99.9% equity capital of the Bank is owned by the Bharti Group of Companies. The bank turned profitable in the quarter ended 30 September 2021, with an annual revenue run rate of Rs 1,000 crore.
Airtel Payments Bank has 62 million users and serves them through its digital platform and a retail-based distribution network. The Bank has built a network of over 500,000 neighborhood banking points.
In September 2017, Airtel Payments Bank launched UPI enabled digital payments to facilitate secure digital payments. Customers need to link their bank accounts on BHIM before they can make UPI payments. For UPI-based payments and transfers, customers are not required to furnish their bank details to enable transactions.
Airtel Money is a digital wallet by Airtel Payment Bank that allows users to make payments using "My Airtel app" or USSD.
It also provides products like a savings account where customers can be onboarded digitally, adhering to video KYC norms.
Airtel Payments Bank launched the issuance of FASTag in November 2019, offline and online.
In 2021, The Bank launched ‘Airtel Safe Pay’ that provides an additional layer of payment validation compared to the industry norm of two-factor authentication.
In July 2019, Airtel Payments Bank partnered with Bharti AXA General Insurance. Airtel Payments Bank and Bharti Axa Life Insurance have started to provide the government's insurance plan Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana in August 2018. In 2019, Airtel Payments Bank started offering Atal Pension Yojana (a Government of India initiative) through its platform.
Airtel Payments Bank’s total distribution reach is twice that of the total ATMs and bank branches in the country. Aadhaar enabled payment system is a segment, having Aadhaar-linked accounts of any bank, to do transactions at over 500 thousand banking points of the Airtel Payments Bank. It allows customers to carry out transactions by using their Aadhaar number or Virtual ID to access their bank accounts.
In May 2021, Airtel Payments Bank launched DigiGold, a digital platform for its customers to make investments in gold. DigiGold has been launched in partnership with SafeGold, a provider of digital gold.
The Bank's capital at its establishment was Rs 3,000 crore (US$441 million).
In 2018–19, Airtel Payments Bank reported a loss of ₹338 crore, while it registered a loss of ₹272 crore in the financial year 2017–18. In FY 20, its revenues rose 87% to ₹474 crore. It turned profitable in the quarter ended September 2021 and has achieved an annual revenue run rate of Rs 1,000 crores.
In December 2021, money deposited with Airtel Payments Bank surged 75 per cent to Rs 1,000 crore as compared to 2020. Total share capital infused till date is Rs 2,348 crores as per financials.
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) suspended Bharti Airtel and Airtel Payment Bank's licence for eKYC of Aadhar on 16 December 2017, following complaints from customers that their accounts were being opened without their consent. Some even received their LPG subsidies in their Airtel Payment Bank accounts. However, on 12 July 2018, Airtel Payments Bank received requisite approvals from the Reserved Bank of India and Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to resume on-boarding new customers using of Aadhaar-based e-KYC.