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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 - Revolut Raises a Further $500 Million, With No Slow Down in Investment

Fintech Insights - Revolut Raises a Further $500 Million, With No Slow Down in Investment

February 2020
Revolut has announced Series D funding of $500 million. Private equity firm Technology Crossover Ventures is leading the funding, with existing investors also said to be participating. This brings the total raised by Revolut in recent years to $836 million and gives the company a valuation of $5.5 billion; tripling its previous value of $1.7 billion.
Telco Insights - FCC to Launch $20bn Rural Digital Opportunity Fund in the US

Telco Insights - FCC to Launch $20bn Rural Digital Opportunity Fund in the US

February 2020
In January 2020, the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) announced its Rural Digital Opportunity Fund. The fund’s aim is to minimise the digital divide in the US, and provide high speed internet connectivity services in areas with low population densities.
 
IoT Insights - Wearables Move Into the Smart Home, but Voice Assistants Still Dominant

IoT Insights - Wearables Move Into the Smart Home, but Voice Assistants Still Dominant

February 2020
This week has seen two separate announcements which show that wearables are increasingly going to play a larger role in the smart home. Firstly, Bosch announced that its Home Connect smart home control app was now available on Fitbit. Secondly, Wyze announced that it was working on a fitness wearable band that incorporates smart home control features.
Fintech Insights - Mastercard Wins Approval to Prepare Entry to Chinese Domestic Card Market

Fintech Insights - Mastercard Wins Approval to Prepare Entry to Chinese Domestic Card Market

February 2020
This week, despite previous difficulties, the People’s Bank of China announced that it had provided approval for Mastercard to enter the electronic payments market in China, with preparatory work beginning for an entry next year.
 
Telco Insights - US Federal Court Approves $26 Billion Merger of Sprint & T-Mobile

Telco Insights - US Federal Court Approves $26 Billion Merger of Sprint & T-Mobile

February 2020
A US Federal Judge in the US has approved the merger between Sprint Mobile and T-Mobile in the country. The merger has been contested at numerous stages throughout, with concerns centred on the potential for diminishing levels of competition in the US telecommunications industry.
 
IoT Insights - Sonos to Discontinue Software Support for Older Models & Incentivise Purchase of New

IoT Insights - Sonos to Discontinue Software Support for Older Models & Incentivise Purchase of New

February 2020
Sonos announced in January that it would be discontinuing software support for many of its first generation products, and suggested customers use the company’s trade-in programme for their older speakers. In addition, linking newer products up with the old would render the newer devices unable to receive updates either. Following an initial outcry from consumers about this, the company clarified that security updates would still be made to older software, as well as clarifying that devices would not be intentionally ‘bricked’.
 
Telco Insights - UK Government to Allow Limited Huawei Involvement in Telecommunications Networks

Telco Insights - UK Government to Allow Limited Huawei Involvement in Telecommunications Networks

January 2020
The UK has taken the decision to allow Huawei equipment to be used in 5G networks in the country, albeit in a limited capacity. Huawei will not be allowed in UK operators’ core networks or in any parts of the UK’s critical network infrastructure. The UK Government has placed a restriction that only allows 35% of Huawei’s infrastructure to be used in a single network.
 
IoT Insights - UK Government Proposes Implementation of National IoT Security Standards

IoT Insights - UK Government Proposes Implementation of National IoT Security Standards

January 2020
The UK Government’s DCMS (Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport) has proposed new legislation regarding the security of new IoT devices. The government proposal outlines three new requirements for manufacturers and vendors of IoT devices.
Fintech Insights - N26 Announces Growth to 5 Million Customers; Including 250,000 in the US

Fintech Insights - N26 Announces Growth to 5 Million Customers; Including 250,000 in the US

January 2020
German digital bank N26 announced that it has reached 250,000 US customers following its launch on the US market, bringing it to a total of 5 million customers. N26 launched in the US in August 2019 in partnership with California-based Axos Bank; making N26 the first European challenger bank to enter the US market.
Fintech Insights - Visa to Acquire Plaid for $5.3 Billion, Showing Importance of Open Banking

Fintech Insights - Visa to Acquire Plaid for $5.3 Billion, Showing Importance of Open Banking

January 2020
Following a previous strategic investment, Visa announced that it was acquiring US Open Banking start-up Plaid, for $5.3 billion. Visa cited ‘how it enhances the growth trajectory of [its] business’ as a major factor in the decision, claiming also that ‘the acquisition, combined with [its] many fintech efforts already underway, will position Visa to deliver even more value for developers, financial institutions and consumers.’
 
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