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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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Fintech Insights - Italian Payment Companies Nexi and Sia Set to Finalise €15bn Merger

Fintech Insights - Italian Payment Companies Nexi and Sia Set to Finalise €15bn Merger

October 2020

Italian payment rivals Nexi and Sia are in the process of finalising a €15bn ($17.7bn) merger that is set to create one of the largest fintechs in Europe by incorporating Sia into Nexi. The talks have not been smooth to date, with intense negotiations around governance and valuation. Unicredit is Sia’s largest client and its retention was said to be a key part of negotiations. Under the terms of the deal, Nexi’s investors will take 70% ownership of the combined entity whilst Sia’s shareholder will hold the remaining 30% stake. This development is a further indication of increasing consolidation within the payments market in Europe.

Tech Insights - Cellnex Enters IoT Market Via Partnership with Everynet

Tech Insights - Cellnex Enters IoT Market Via Partnership with Everynet

October 2020
Infrastructure operator Cellnex Telecom has entered into an agreement with Everynet, an IoT network specialist, to roll out IoT networks in select European countries.

The partnership will involve the roll-out of IoT networks in the UK, Ireland and Italy. The proposed IoT networks will be based on Everynet’s LoRaWAN services and deployed using Cellnex’s cellular infrastructure. The latter includes network towers and an integrated IoT platform; enabling the real-time transmission, and analysis, of data.
 
Telco Insights - Ericsson to Buy Cradlepoint for $1.1 billion to Increase 5G Presence

Telco Insights - Ericsson to Buy Cradlepoint for $1.1 billion to Increase 5G Presence

September 2020
Ericsson has announced it has acquired wireless edge WAN (Wide Area Network) solutions provider Cradlepoint to add to its 5G-based services portfolio. The total value of the deal has been valued at $1.1 billion with the sales set to be finalised by the end of 2020. As a result of the deal, there is expected to be a negative impact on its operating margins of 1% in 2021 and 2022.
 
Tech Insights - Microsoft to Acquire Zenimax Media

Tech Insights - Microsoft to Acquire Zenimax Media

September 2020
On 21st September, Microsoft announced the acquisition of Zenimax Media and its subsidiaries (including Bethesda Game Studios, Bethesda Softworks, id Software and Zenimax Online Studios), for $7.5 billion in cash. This brings Microsoft’s games studios to a total of 23, which now house some of the best‑selling games titles of recent years.

The deal will retain the corporate structure of Zenimax Media as an autonomous subsidiary within Microsoft.
 
Fintech Insights - SWIFT Expanding into Transaction Management Threatens to Shake Up Payments Market

Fintech Insights - SWIFT Expanding into Transaction Management Threatens to Shake Up Payments Market

September 2020
Last week, SWIFT announced that it was expanding its strategy; diversifying beyond financial messaging to include transaction management solutions.

SWIFT’s new strategy will create a platform that can orchestrate interactions between FIs (Financial Institutions) and simplify cross-border transactions. SWIFT claims that the platform has the potential to power instant and frictionless transactions between at least 4 billion accounts serviced by FIs across the SWIFT network.
 
Tech Insights - Japan Announces Partnership with ISO; Work to Begin on Developing Worldwide Robotics

Tech Insights - Japan Announces Partnership with ISO; Work to Begin on Developing Worldwide Robotics

September 2020

The Japanese National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) has begun working with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), with a view towards establishing international standards for human-assisting robots - particularly those that operate in medical, commercial, and transport environments.

Telco Insights - Samsung Signs $6.6 Billion 5G Wireless Equipment Deal with Verizon

Telco Insights - Samsung Signs $6.6 Billion 5G Wireless Equipment Deal with Verizon

September 2020
Samsung has announced that its US division has signed a ₩7.9 trillion ($6.6 billion) deal with Verizon. This contract will last until the end of 2025, with Samsung providing wireless network equipment for Verizon geared towards 5G innovation.
 
Fintech Insights - Thunes Raises $60 Million to Address New Opportunities in Emerging Markets

Fintech Insights - Thunes Raises $60 Million to Address New Opportunities in Emerging Markets

September 2020

B2B cross-border payments provider Thunes has raised $60 million in Series B funding, with the goal of ‘making financial services affordable and accessible to everyone’, according to Thunes' CEO Peter De Caluwe. The funding round was led by Helios Investment Partners, with investment also coming from Checkout.com and existing investors GGV Capital and Future Shape. This new funding brings the total capital raised by the company to $70 million since May 2019.

IoT Insights - Epic Games Banned from App Store & Google Play Store

IoT Insights - Epic Games Banned from App Store & Google Play Store

August 2020
On 13th August, Epic Games put through an update to its popular game Fortnite that bypassed the in-app purchase mechanism of the Apple App Store and Google Play Stores. This subsequently resulted in the game being banned on both platforms, prompting Epic Games to file a lawsuit alleging the technology companies are monopolies that stifle competition. This was accompanied by a short, released as a Fortnite Premier that parodied Apple’s 1984 advert that launched the Macintosh computer.
 
Fintech Insights - American Express Acquires Kabbage to Broaden Small Business Offering

Fintech Insights - American Express Acquires Kabbage to Broaden Small Business Offering

August 2020
Last week, after rumours of an acquisition had been circulating for some time, card network American Express announced that it was acquiring fintech company Kabbage. Under the terms of the agreement, American Express will acquire Kabbage’s team and its full suite of fintech products, data platform and intellectual property built for small businesses. Kabbage’s products include access to flexible lines of credit, online bill payment, cashflow visualisation tools, e-gift certificates, and the ability to centralise funds through the company’s recently launched business checking account.
 
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