A quarter of tablet PC users will use their device to pay bills by 2017. That is one of the headline findings of a new report by Juniper Research.

Because of a sharp rise in tablet adoption, Juniper calculates that users of transactional tablet banking services will number almost 200 million in 2017. The research firm says this will account for around 19 per cent of total mobile banking customers in 2017, up from 9 per cent this year.

The report further finds that tablet users will be keener to adopt mobile bill presentment and payment (MBPP) services than mobile handset users, particularly in developed markets (where there is a higher adoption of tablet devices). Report author Nitin Bhas anticipates that BPP will increasingly migrate from the desktop towards tablet devices.

Smartphone-based banking will also increase, says Juniper, thanks to banks bundling MBPP services within their mobile banking platforms and easier-to-use apps.

The report, Mobile Banking: Handset & Tablet Market Strategies 2013-2017, anticipates that the developed markets of Far East & China, along with North America and Western Europe, will have the highest penetration of banking users in 2017.