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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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Telco Insights - Infobip to Acquire Peerless Network and Raises Additional $500 Million

Telco Insights - Infobip to Acquire Peerless Network and Raises Additional $500 Million

November 2021
Infobip has announced it will acquire Peerless Network, a US-based VoIP provider. The agreement is subject to regulatory approvals and likely to be completed in 2022. Infobip shares and cash will finance the transaction. Founded in 2006, Infobip is a telecommunications and IP platform provider that specialises in A2P SMS, RCS, voice, email, push notifications and chat applications (including WhatsApp, Viber, LINE, Facebook Messenger, and Telegram). Infobip presently supports the transmission of more than 8 billion messages monthly, representing approximately 5% of the global addressable A2P market.
 
Tech Insights - Facebook Rebrands to Meta, in a Bid to Unify Account Structures

Tech Insights - Facebook Rebrands to Meta, in a Bid to Unify Account Structures

November 2021
Announced at its Facebook Connect conference, Facebook is rebranding as Meta, to avoid confusion between the company and its main product. This is a continuation of its efforts in 2019 to differentiate the company from the product, as well as an attempt to reposition itself as more than a social media company. This has also come at a time when the company is investing more than $10 billion a year into research and product development of the metaverse, understood as an online platform where multiple forms of services can be accessed; typically through a virtual or augmented reality environment.
 
Fintech Insights - Stablecoin Regulation

Fintech Insights - Stablecoin Regulation

November 2021
The PWG (President’s Working Group on Financial Markets), the FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation) and the OCC (Office of the Comptroller of the Currency) have released a joint report outlining the potential for increased use of stablecoins and the need for appropriate oversight to minimise risks to users and the broader economy. The report adds that current oversight is disjointed, with some stablecoins effectively falling outside the regulatory perimeter. Their increased use in payments is presenting concerns around the potential for destabilising runs, disruptions in the payment system, and concentration of economic power.
 
Telco Insights - Ericsson and Deutsche Telekom Successfully Demonstrate On-demand 5G Network Slicing

Telco Insights - Ericsson and Deutsche Telekom Successfully Demonstrate On-demand 5G Network Slicing

October 2021
Deutsche Telekom and Ericsson have successfully completed trials demonstrating the provision of ‘on demand’ 5G video services to customers via end-to-end network slicing. This proof of concept was developed in Deutsche Telekom’s Bonn-based laboratory, using Ericsson’s commercial-grade 5G SA (Standalone) network to implement end‑to‑end network slicing infrastructure and explore the benefits of 5G network slicing for enterprises. During this trial, enterprise customers specialising in video production services were able to choose between low and high resolution for broadcasted video content, based on performance quality needs.
 
Tech Insights - Best Buy Agrees to Acquire UK-based Remote Monitoring Provider Current Health

Tech Insights - Best Buy Agrees to Acquire UK-based Remote Monitoring Provider Current Health

October 2021
Best Buy has announced plans to acquire Current Health, a remote monitoring provider based in the UK, for an undisclosed amount. The deal is expected to close by the completion of Q4 2021 and will see Best Buy acquire Current Health’s suite of telemedicine solutions including wearables, that enable healthcare providers to remotely observe patients at home and receive insights into their medical conditions.
 
Fintech Insights - N26 Raises $900 Million in Series E Funding

Fintech Insights - N26 Raises $900 Million in Series E Funding

October 2021
This week, German digital-only bank N26 announced that it had raised over $900 million in Series E funding, with investors including Third Point Ventures, Coatue Management, and Dragoneer Investment Group. The fundraising confirmed a valuation for N26 in excess of $9 billion, with more than 7 million customers in 25 countries. N26 also confirmed that it is on track to process over $90 billion in transaction volume in 2021. N26 announced plans to grow staff strength by 1,000 team members globally, with a focus on product, technology and cybersecurity.
 
Tech Insights - Sonos Claims Google has Halted its Voice Assistant Interoperability Technology

Tech Insights - Sonos Claims Google has Halted its Voice Assistant Interoperability Technology

October 2021
A recent report by the Washington Post has claimed that Google has been blocking Sonos’ attempts at making multi-assistant speakers. This is after Sonos’ development of a platform called Concurrency, that allows multiple voice assistants to be activated from the same device, just with different wake words. Google, for its part, has stated that ‘Interoperability will continue to be a priority for us, but we also want to ensure users have a positive experience using our products and that we protect their privacy’. At present, Concurrency’s platform is banned by Google’s distribution agreement, which requires that Google Assistant must operate independently as the sole general purpose AI on a smart device.
 
Fintech Insights - Monzo Withdraws Application for US Banking Licence

Fintech Insights - Monzo Withdraws Application for US Banking Licence

October 2021
British challenger bank Monzo has withdrawn its application for a US banking licence after it was told that the licence was unlikely to be approved by the OCC (Office of the Comptroller of the Currency). The company began its bid for a US licence in April 2020, in an effort to expand its userbase. Monzo soft launched its card offering in the US in June 2019, through a partnership with domestic lender Sutton Bank. Since the news broke, the company has stated that it plans to continue to build and scale its product offering in the US through the continuation of these existing partnerships, as well as investing further in the UK.
 
Telco Insights - 5G Spectrum Auction in Norway Raises $445 million

Telco Insights - 5G Spectrum Auction in Norway Raises $445 million

October 2021
The auction in Norway for 5G spectrum has raised nearly NOK 3.9 billion ($445 million), with four companies paying for an allocation of 400 MHz in the 3.6 GHz range and 190 MHz of TDD spectrum in the 2.6 GHz range. The companies that have acquired the spectrum are Telenor, Telia, Altibox and Ice. As part of this process, bidders had to commit to providing broadband services that offer download speeds of at least 100 Mbps. In turn, there was a price break of approximately NOK 480 million ($55 million).
 
Tech Insights - Apple Reveals New iPhone 13 Range Will Support Dual eSIM Technology

Tech Insights - Apple Reveals New iPhone 13 Range Will Support Dual eSIM Technology

September 2021
Apple has announced that its newly-launched iPhone 13 range will support dual eSIM technology. While previous generations of handsets, such as the iPhone 12 and iPhone SE, supported the eSIM, the iPhone 13 now represents the first handset range to champion the dual eSIM.
 
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