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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: Point Raises $46.5 Million in Series B Funding

Fintech Insights: Point Raises $46.5 Million in Series B Funding

September 2021
Reward-based debit card start-up Point has raised $46.5 million in Series B funding, led by Valar Ventures, with participation from Breyer Capital, YC Continuity and Human Capital. San Francisco-based Point was launched in July 2020 as a consumer banking app combined with a debit card; aimed at reproducing the experience of a credit card without the need for a credit check, by offering a debit card with point-based rewards. The card comes with an annual fee of $49.
 
Telco Insights - Syniverse Announces Plans to Become a Publicly-traded Company

Telco Insights - Syniverse Announces Plans to Become a Publicly-traded Company

August 2021
Syniverse has announced its intentions to become publicly traded via an upcoming merger with M3-Brigade Acquisition II Corporation. On August 16th, it was announced that Syniverse has entered into a definitive merger agreement with M3-Brigade Acquisition II Corporation, which will result in Syniverse becoming a publicly-traded company.
 
Tech Insights - Samsung Platform Announces Edge Processing & Wider Connectivity for its SmartThings

Tech Insights - Samsung Platform Announces Edge Processing & Wider Connectivity for its SmartThings

August 2021
Samsung has announced that its SmartThings platform will now support edge computing, as part of a move away from the Groovy legacy platform. As part of this, the company indicated that the platform would allow support for Zigbee and Z-Wave, with more connectivity forthcoming in the future, including Matter, the standard promoted by the organisation of the same name formerly known as CHIP (Connected Home over IP).
 
Fintech Insights - OPay Raises $400 Million in SoftBank-backed Funding Round

Fintech Insights - OPay Raises $400 Million in SoftBank-backed Funding Round

August 2021
This week, African fintech OPay raised $400 million in new financing backed by SoftBank Vision Fund 2, valuing the company at $2 billion.   The round had involvement from existing investors including Sequoia Capital China, Redpoint China, Source Code Capital, Softbank Ventures Asia, DragonBall Capital and 3W Capital.
 
Telco Insights - Verizon and AWS Expand Partnership to Launch Further MEC Rollouts

Telco Insights - Verizon and AWS Expand Partnership to Launch Further MEC Rollouts

August 2021
Verizon and AWS are to expand the coverage of their Wavelength Zones into three new cities in the US; Chicago, Houston and Phoenix.  Previously, this service was available in 10 US cities, however, this has now increased to 13. Wavelength leverages AWS to provide computational and storage at the edge of commercial 5G networks. These services will minimise latency between the end user and their services, and the number of ‘hops’ over networks to access the content.
 
Tech Insights - John Deere Acquires Autonomous Tractor Startup Bear Flag Robotics for $250 Million

Tech Insights - John Deere Acquires Autonomous Tractor Startup Bear Flag Robotics for $250 Million

August 2021
Agricultural technology giant John Deere has signed a deal to acquire Bear Flag Robotics, an autonomous tractor startup based in Silicon Valley, for $250 million. The autonomous systems developed by Bear Flag have already been deployed on a limited number of farms in the US and this number is likely to rise; given their new parent company’s significant manufacturing, marketing, and sales resources.
Fintech Insights - BBVA Signs Agreement to Join Ant Group's Blockchain Platform Trusple

Fintech Insights - BBVA Signs Agreement to Join Ant Group's Blockchain Platform Trusple

August 2021
This week, multinational bank BBVA announced that it had signed a deal to integrate its cross-border payment and financing services in Ant Group's blockchain platform for global trade, Trusple.  This announcement follows the launch of Trusple last year by Ant Group, which is a blockchain platform that aims to make it easier for SMEs to sell goods around the world while reducing both their costs, as well as costs for financial institutions.
 
Telco Insight - Verizon Selects Google Messages as Default RCS Application for Android Devices

Telco Insight - Verizon Selects Google Messages as Default RCS Application for Android Devices

July 2021
Verizon has announced that Google Messages will be introduced as the default RCS application on all Android devices purchased from the carrier in 2022.

Verizon Communications is a broadband and telecommunications provider in the US, offering a suite of wireless, Internet, TV, and phone services. Based in New York, Verizon is considered one of the top three network operators in North America, alongside AT&T and T-Mobile.

Google is a multinational technology company specialising in Internet-based services, with more than 70 offices across 50 countries. Google Messages is an application developed for Android devices which is capable of supporting various messaging formats, including instant messaging, RCS (Rich Communications Services) and SMS.
Tech Insights - Moovit to Integrate Lime’s Electric Vehicles into MaaS Journey Planning App

Tech Insights - Moovit to Integrate Lime’s Electric Vehicles into MaaS Journey Planning App

July 2021
Shared micromobility provider Lime has announced a partnership to integrate its electric scooters, bikes, and mopeds into the journey planning app Moovit.

The company’s vehicles will appear as a bookable travel option in Moovit from next month and can be used for either all or part of a multimodal journey; that is, a journey that utilises multiple transport modes including public transit, rideshare vehicles, and shared micromobility.
Fintech Insights - Visa Acquires Currencycloud for $963 Million

Fintech Insights - Visa Acquires Currencycloud for $963 Million

July 2021
Visa has signed an agreement to acquire payments platform Currencycloud; valuing the latter at circa $700 million. The two companies already have a strategic partnership involving cross-border and travel payments, and Visa was also involved in a recent $80 million Series E funding round for Currencycloud. It is anticipated that Currencycloud will continue operating from London and its management team is expected to stay the same.
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