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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 - 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.
 
Tech Insights - Automotive Data Provider Wejo to Go Public with Virtuoso Acquisition Corp

Tech Insights - Automotive Data Provider Wejo to Go Public with Virtuoso Acquisition Corp

June 2021
Wejo has announced that it will go public via a reverse merger with Virtuoso Acquisition Corp. This deal values Wejo, an automotive data provider that has partnerships with automakers including GM and Hyundai, at $800 million and is expected to deliver approximately $330 million of gross proceeds.
 
Fintech Insights - Paysend Raises $125 Million for Global Expansion

Fintech Insights - Paysend Raises $125 Million for Global Expansion

June 2021
Global money transfer platform provider Paysend has raised $125 million in Series B funding, led by One Peak with participation from Infravia Growth Capital, Hermes GPE Innovation Fund, and Plug and Play. Paysend is said to be planning to use the funding to expand its global operations, as well as accelerating product innovation within cross-border payments. This follows a funding round of $20 million in July 2018, leading to an estimated value for the company at around $720 million.
 
Telco Insights - Enea Joins Telenor’s Multi-Vendor Standalone 5G Core Project

Telco Insights - Enea Joins Telenor’s Multi-Vendor Standalone 5G Core Project

May 2021
Following Telenor’s announcement of its SA (standalone) 5G solution in April 2021, Enea has been onboarded as the latest addition to Telenor’s multi-vendor initiative. The Telenor Group is a Norwegian state-owned multinational telecommunications company, providing mobile and fixed-line communications, as well as TV services. The group has mobile operations in Asia and Europe, with a significant presence in the Nordics. Based in Sweden, Enea is a software provider specialising in cloud-native and 5G-enabled products. Notably, Enea offers an end-to-end product portfolio that covers the network from the edge to the core.
 
Tech Insights - Hearing Aid Maker Sonova to Acquire Sennheiser’s Consumer Division

Tech Insights - Hearing Aid Maker Sonova to Acquire Sennheiser’s Consumer Division

May 2021
Hearing aid maker Sonova has announced it is acquiring Sennheiser’s consumer audio division for €200 million ($243 million). According to Sanova, the acqusition has been driven by a desire ‘to reach ever more consumers, wherever their journey towards better hearing begins.’
 
Fintech Insights - Tink Acquires Fintecsystems, Reinforcing Open Banking Leadership

Fintech Insights - Tink Acquires Fintecsystems, Reinforcing Open Banking Leadership

May 2021
This week, open banking infrastructure provider Tink announced that it was acquiring Fintecsystems (FTS), a leading German open banking provider. The terms of the deal were undisclosed, with 65 FTS members expected to join Tink. The acquisition is targeted at boosting Tink’s dominance within the open banking space in Europe, with Fintecsystems’ strong capabilities. FTS specialises in data analytics, digital account checks, account aggregation, and open banking payments, with customers including N26, DKB, Santander, Solarisbank, and Check24. FTS covers 99% of banks in the DACH region. Tink also claimed that around 75% of all online credit decisions in Germany are processed by FTS.
 
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