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Juniper-Insight-colour.pngPublished every fortnight, ‘Juniper Research Insights’ provide impact analysis on breaking and disruptive industry news. This includes notable product launches, industry event takeaways, unpredicted company results or specific services disrupting traditional digital ecosystems. 


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Tech Insights - Citymesh Acquires ENGIE’s Belgian Sigfox Business

Tech Insights - Citymesh Acquires ENGIE’s Belgian Sigfox Business

July 2021
Belgian enterprise network operator Citymesh has acquired ENGIE M2M; a Sigfox network provider in the country. The decision was made to improve Citymesh’s operational network capacity, which the company now claims runs ‘from 0G to 5G’. The deal was accompanied by the exit of all of ENGIE’s M2M current shareholders.
 
Fintech Insights - Flipkart Raises $3.6 Billion in Funding

Fintech Insights - Flipkart Raises $3.6 Billion in Funding

July 2021
This week, Indian eCommerce giant Flipkart announced that it had raised $3.6 billion in funding in a new round, with financing from main backer Walmart, as well as SoftBank and GIC.vThis financing takes Flipkart’s valuation to $36.7 billion, supported by total funding to date of $12.6 billion, since its launch in 2007. The fundraising reportedly leaves Walmart’s ownership of Flipkart at around 74%.
 
Telco Insights - Vodafone Spain Partners with Ericsson for Development of 5G SA (Standalone) Core

Telco Insights - Vodafone Spain Partners with Ericsson for Development of 5G SA (Standalone) Core

July 2021
Vodafone Spain has selected Ericsson as its technology partner for the development of a 5G SA core, which will enable the operator to deliver a full 5G service to subscribers in Spain. The Vodafone Group is a British multinational telecommunications company, with significant presence in Africa, Asia, and Europe. Based in Sweden, Ericsson is a provider of information and communication technology to service providers. 
 
Tech Insights - US Senators Introduce Bill to Expand Telemedicine Access in the US

Tech Insights - US Senators Introduce Bill to Expand Telemedicine Access in the US

July 2021
A group of senators in the US have submitted a bipartisan bill that seeks to boost federal support for telemedicine services in frontier states and states with limited broadband access.  If passed, the Rural and Frontier Telehealth Expansion Act would increase federal funding for telemedicine services, including audio-only teleconsultations, by 5% if the state covers telemedicine services under Medicaid and is a frontier state such as Nevada, Alaska, or Montana. The bill also applies to states where less than 90% of the population has access to fixed broadband capable of 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload, as defined by the Federal Communications Commission.
 
Telco Insights - UK Operators Announce Plans to Reintroduce European Roaming Charges

Telco Insights - UK Operators Announce Plans to Reintroduce European Roaming Charges

June 2021
It has been announced that new subscribers joining, or upgrading with, EE from 7th July 2021 will face roaming charges whilst roaming in Europe from January 2022.  EE is a British network operator and Internet service provider, offering a range of smartphones, smartwatches, tablets, and laptops. EE is also part of the BT Group, a British multinational telecommunications company with a presence in 180 countries. 
 
Fintech Insights - Visa Acquisition of Tink Underscores the Rise of Open Banking

Fintech Insights - Visa Acquisition of Tink Underscores the Rise of Open Banking

June 2021
Last week, payments solution company Visa announced an agreement to acquire open banking platform Tink for a reported $2.2 billion. Tink, founded in 2012, is a leading open banking infrastructure provider within Europe. Based out of Sweden, its solutions serve over 250 million European bank customers; accounting for more than 100 billion transactions per annum.
 
Telco Insights - Infobip and Sinch Launch Support for Omnichannel Communication over Instagram

Telco Insights - Infobip and Sinch Launch Support for Omnichannel Communication over Instagram

June 2021
Leading CPaaS vendors, Infobip and Sinch, have both announced that they will provide access to Instagram to enable their clients to communicate with their customers via the social media platform. This has been achieved via the Messenger API and is available to all developers. Instagram was launched in 2010 and currently has over 1 billion users globally.
 
Tech Insights - Apple Announces Digital ID in Apple Wallet in iOS 15

Tech Insights - Apple Announces Digital ID in Apple Wallet in iOS 15

June 2021
At WWDC, Apple announced that iOS 15 will support a wide range of digital ID and security functions, through the addition of ID-related tokens to a user’s Apple Wallet. Existing use cases, such as car unlocking, will also be enhanced through the use of ultra-wideband technology.
 
Fintech Insights - Nubank Raises Additional $750 Million in Funding

Fintech Insights - Nubank Raises Additional $750 Million in Funding

June 2021
Last week, Brazilian digital-only bank Nubank announced that it had raised $750 million in funding; an extension to its Series G funding, which raised $400 million in January 2021. The funding round was led by Berkshire Hathaway, which invested $500 million under the round. This takes Nubank’s total funding to $2.3 billion since inception, which takes it to the upper limits of fintech funding to date.
Telco Insights - Ericsson Launches 5G Private Network Platform

Telco Insights - Ericsson Launches 5G Private Network Platform

June 2021
This week, technology provider Ericsson announced that it was launching Ericsson Private 5G, a new private cellular 4G and 5G network designed to service the manufacturing, mining and process industry, offshore and power utilities, ports and airport markets. Ericsson Private 5G features cloud-based network management and can be installed within hours at any facility, with applications including digital twins and asset tracking named as specific areas for its use.
 
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