In a bid to grab a pie of the growing mobile messaging industry, leading digital wallet company Paytm is reportedly planning to start its own messaging service like Facebook-owned WhatsApp.

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According to a Report:

  • According to a report in Wall Street Journal on Tuesday.
  • “The Noida, India-based company is preparing to introduce messaging functionality into its smartphone app”.
  • However, was yet to confirm the news.
  • According to the report, “the update and an official launch are expected to happen within the next two weeks”.
  • According to reports, Neeraj Arora, WhatsApp’s Global Business Head, is currently member of Paytm’s board of directors.
  • In addition,WhatsApp currently has over 200 million monthly active users in India and one billion users across the world.
  • Paytm, on the other hand, has over 220 million users and has over five million offline merchants across India.

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  • Paytm, run by One97 Communication Ltd, recently raised $1.4 billion funding by the Japanese internet and telecom major SoftBank Group.
  • The Competition Commission of India (CCI) approved SoftBank’s 20 per cent stake acquisition last month.
  • “CCI India approves acquisition of 20 percent stake in One97 Communications Limited by SoftBank Group Corp,” the government agency said in a Twitter post.
  • Paytm was launched in August 2010 as an online recharges and bill payments platform and soon expanded into online and offline use-cases.
  • In January 2014, it launched the Paytm Wallet.

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