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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 - Apple Cancels HomePod to Focus on HomePod Mini

Tech Insights - Apple Cancels HomePod to Focus on HomePod Mini

March 2021
In a statement made to TechCrunch, Apple has cancelled production of its HomePod speaker, in order to focus on the HomePod Mini. Software support for the HomePod will continue, but the speaker itself will cease to be offered for sale once current stocks are sold out.
 
Fintech Insights - Jumio Raises $150 Million in Funding

Fintech Insights - Jumio Raises $150 Million in Funding

March 2021
This week, identity verification vendor Jumio announced that it had secured an investment of $150 million from Great Hill Partners, a private equity firm. The investment is stated to be the ‘single largest funding round in the digital identity space’. The investment is targeted at automating its identity verification solutions; expanding the breadth of its KYX Platform and growing its suite of AML (Anti Money Laundering) compliance services.
 
Telco Insights - DISH to Acquire Republic Wireless

Telco Insights - DISH to Acquire Republic Wireless

March 2021
Dish Network, a communications service provider, has announced the takeover of Republic Wireless, an MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network operators) that operates over T-Mobile’s cellular network in the US. Republic Wireless was launched in 2010, with its first full commercial launch occurring in 2013. Initially, Republic Wireless used Sprint’s CDMA network, however it signed a deal with T-Mobile in 2016 to leverage its GSM network on a wholesale basis.
 
Tech Insights - McAfee Sells Enterprise Business to Symphony Technology Group

Tech Insights - McAfee Sells Enterprise Business to Symphony Technology Group

March 2021
Symphony Technology Group has acquired McAfee’s enterprise security business for $4 billion. The company will be renamed following the acquisition. The deal makes MacAfee a pure consumer-facing cybersecurity company, and deepens Symphony’s investment into cybersecurity, following their acquisition of RSA in February 2020.
 
Fintech Insights - Starling Bank Raises Additional £272 Million ($377 Million) in Funding

Fintech Insights - Starling Bank Raises Additional £272 Million ($377 Million) in Funding

March 2021
This week, UK digital-only bank Starling Bank announced that it had raised an additional £272 million ($377 million) in funding. This new round was led by Fidelity Management & Research Company, alongside Qatar Investment Authority, RPMI Railpen (the Railways Pension Scheme), and Millennium Management. The new investment values the company at £1.1 billion ($1.53 million) prior to the funding round. The new funding is aimed at supporting Starling’s continued growth, primarily to support a targeted expansion of Starling’s lending in the UK, as well as to launch Starling in Europe and for anticipated mergers and acquisitions.
 
Telco Insights - Telefonica Concludes Pilot with Huawei to Strengthen Optical Network Capacity

Telco Insights - Telefonica Concludes Pilot with Huawei to Strengthen Optical Network Capacity

February 2021
Telefonica has completed a pilot using Huawei’s WDM (Wavelength Division Multiplexing) technology to implement 600G and 800G transmission speeds across its IP-based network. Telefonica is a telecommunications operator based in Spain, whose product portfolio includes fixed and mobile connectivity solutions, as well as broadband and TV services. Huawei is a Chinese multinational technology company that designs and sells telecommunications equipment and consumer electronics.
 
Tech Insights - Samsung Working on AR Glasses with Novel Control Mechanisms

Tech Insights - Samsung Working on AR Glasses with Novel Control Mechanisms

February 2021
Twitter leaker WalkingCat has released two videos showcasing potential Samsung smart glasses products. The glasses are both a ‘Lite’ model and what Samsung is calling ‘Next Wearable Computing’ for a more advanced AR (augmented reality) glasses product.  The Lite model was shown to be controlled through a Samsung smartwatch, as well as a keyboard. The Next Wearable Computing model was shown accepting gesture controls and a light-based keyboard.
 
Fintech Insights - Fintech TransferWise Rebrands to Wise, Reflecting Shift to Broader Focus

Fintech Insights - Fintech TransferWise Rebrands to Wise, Reflecting Shift to Broader Focus

February 2021
This week, leading fintech TransferWise announced that it was changing its name to Wise; shifting its focus to cross-border banking, rather than just money transfer. The new name takes effect straight away, ahead of a possible IPO later in the year.
 
Tech Insights - Toyota Announces Partnership with Aurora & Denso to Develop Robotaxis

Tech Insights - Toyota Announces Partnership with Aurora & Denso to Develop Robotaxis

February 2021
This week, leading automotive manufacturer Toyota, self-driving vehicle start-up Aurora and parts supplier Denso announced that they had entered a partnership to jointly develop a driverless version of Toyota’s vehicles for use in a robotaxi fleet. The first vehicles will be based on the Toyota Sienna, which will integrate the Aurora Driver solution. By the end of 2021, Aurora expects to have designed, built, and begun testing an initial fleet of these vehicles near its areas of development.
 
Telco Insights - ACM Outlines Future Co-operative Strategies for Network Operators

Telco Insights - ACM Outlines Future Co-operative Strategies for Network Operators

February 2021
The ACM (Authority for Consumers & Markets) has outlined proposals to changes in legislation that allow for greater collaboration between operators for the deployment of base stations, access to network spectrum and national roaming.  Under these new guidelines, operators will be allowed to negotiate on the sharing of mast sites, in addition to the ability to lease network spectrum to other network operators and service providers on an ad-hoc basis.
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