Japanese international holdings firm SoftBank Group and Alibaba are investing $445m in India’s Paytm E-Commerce in a funding round that will value the online retailer at $1.9bn.

Of the total investment, SoftBank is offering $400m and Alibaba, Paytm’s existing investor, is putting in $45m.

According to a filing with India’s Registrar of Companies, SoftBank will own 21% stake in Paytm E-Commerce after the investment.

SoftBank said in a statement: “We believe Paytm Mall’s offline-to-online operating model, combined with the strength of the Paytm ecosystem, is uniquely positioned to enable India’s 15 million offline retail shops to participate in India’s e-commerce boom.”

“The company would deploy the latest investment from SoftBank and Alibaba to beef up its technology and build superior logistics among other things.”

Alibaba.com Singapore E-Commerce , a retail arm of Alibaba Group, currently owns 36.3% of Paytm’s stake and will remain the single-largest shareholder of Paytm following the investment, but with a smaller stake of just over 30%.

Paytm Mall chief operating officer Amit Sinha said: “The company would deploy the latest investment from SoftBank and Alibaba to beef up its technology and build superior logistics among other things.”

Last August, SoftBank Group had invested $2.5bn in Indian e-commerce retailer Flipkart .

SoftBank is also one of the biggest investors in another Indian e-tailer Snapdeal .

Paytm Mall also announced in the same month that it would invest $5m in order to enable small merchants to open online stores.

The development is part of Paytm’s ‘Retailer Inclusion Programme’, which aims to enable shopkeepers to compete against large online retailers.

A team comprising 500 employees has been formed to offer services to retailers such as sales, merchandising to working capital.