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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 - Tier 1 US Operators Announce the Cessation of the CCMI

Telco Insights - Tier 1 US Operators Announce the Cessation of the CCMI

April 2021
18 months after the CCMI (Cross Carrier Messaging Initiative) was announced, AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon have decided to end their initiative to promote RCS within the US. Announced in October 2019, the CCMI was a joint venture between AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile US, and Verizon which aimed to deliver a new interoperable messaging application based on the GSMA’s RCS (Rich Communications Services) communication protocol. Whilst the CCMI was initially focused on the US market, it was envisioned that the operator-led application would eventually become available worldwide.
 
Tech Insights - Microsoft Acquires Nuance Communications, in a Push into Healthcare & More

Tech Insights - Microsoft Acquires Nuance Communications, in a Push into Healthcare & More

April 2021
Microsoft has announced that it is acquiring communications software specialist Nuance for $19.7 billion in cash. The announcement highlights that Nuance’s focus in healthcare is intended to extend Microsoft’s presence in the healthcare space with a further play into services for the EHR segment, alongside the services it already provides to many healthcare providers through Azure.
 
Fintech Insights - Mastercard to Acquire Digital Identity Business Ekata for $850 Million

Fintech Insights - Mastercard to Acquire Digital Identity Business Ekata for $850 Million

April 2021
This week, card network Mastercard announced that it was acquiring Ekata, a digital identity verification company for $850 million. The acquisition is targeted to boost Mastercard’s presence in the digital identity space, which has been an ever-greater focus in recent years. Mastercard highlighted the combination of Ekata’s identity verification data, machine-learning technology and global experience as transformative, when combined with Mastercard’s fraud prevention and digital identity programmes.
 
Fintech Insights - Shopify Growth Continuing, Underpinned by Expansive Market Strategies

Fintech Insights - Shopify Growth Continuing, Underpinned by Expansive Market Strategies

April 2021
This week Canadian eCommerce company Shopify is continuing to expand its areas of interest. Shopify is entering the online grocery sector, through the launch of a new e-commerce app, which will enable retailers subscribed to Shopify to add groceries to their offerings. The app is claimed to be a one-of-a-kind feature designed by supplier GreenDropShip. Shopify’s core business is centred around creating platforms for small start-up companies to make their own online business. This is then supplemented by offering sales processing tools, and Shopify brand hardware and software for its users.
 
Telco Insights - BT Wholesale Services to Enter 5G Market Targeting MNOs

Telco Insights - BT Wholesale Services to Enter 5G Market Targeting MNOs

April 2021
BT Wholesale has indicated its intention to offer wholesale 5G services to MNOs looking to launch 5G networks. The company already has an extensive portfolio of managed services, including hosted communications, data, voice and cellular IoT.
 
Tech Insights - LG to Exit Smartphone Market, Showing Tough Operating Environment

Tech Insights - LG to Exit Smartphone Market, Showing Tough Operating Environment

April 2021
This week, consumer electronics giant LG announced that it was closing its smartphone business, following years of losses being made at the business unit. The announcement reflects LG’s continued reduction in market share over many years. LG announced that it would focus on growth areas of its business instead, such as vehicle components, including electric vehicle batteries.
 
Telco Insights - Etisalat Announces Partnership with Rakuten Mobile to Accelerate OpenRAN Deployment

Telco Insights - Etisalat Announces Partnership with Rakuten Mobile to Accelerate OpenRAN Deployment

March 2021
Etisalat announces its intention to partner with Rakuten Mobile, in order to develop an OpenRAN-based network architecture capable of supporting virtualised network functionalities. The Etisalat Group is a leading telecommunications service provider based in the UAE, which provides network services to 149 million subscribers across Africa and the Middle East. Rakuten Mobile is a Japanese mobile network operator and a fully-owned subsidiary of Rakuten, which also offers MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) functionalities.
 
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.
 
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