The benefits of digital payments go far beyond driving down costs and increasing the convenience of existing transactions. Like electricity or roads, a digital-payment network can become part of the basic infrastructure of an economy and can underpin a broader and more innovative array of economic activity. We consider three important emerging business models. The first is financial services based on the increased transparency and information about users generated by digital payments. The second type builds on the idea that digital payments allow people to transact in small amounts, creating new opportunities based on micropayments. The third type of new business model is e-commerce and on-demand services made possible by digital payments
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