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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 - 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.
Fintech Insights - BNPL Products Facing Tighter Regulation in the UK

Fintech Insights - BNPL Products Facing Tighter Regulation in the UK

February 2021
(BNPL) Buy Now Pay Later is a payment model that allows consumers to defer payment for online purchases, either paying the whole balance at a later date, or splitting the cost into equal instalments. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), who regulate financial services firms and financial markets in the UK, recently published the findings of a review into the unsecured credit market. The report found that the use of BNPL products nearly quadrupled in 2020 and is now at £2.7 billion ($3.7 billion), with 5 million people using these products since the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic. The report also found that more than one in 10 customers of ‘a major bank’ using BNPL were already in arrears.
 
Telco Insights - Youfone to Launch Fixed and Mobile Services in Belgium

Telco Insights - Youfone to Launch Fixed and Mobile Services in Belgium

January 2021
Following the agreement of a wholesale deal with Proximus, a Belgian telecommunications operator, Youfone will launch fixed and mobile services in Belgium during April 2021.

Youfone is a telecommunications operator based in the Netherlands, whose product portfolio includes SIM-only mobile services, fixed broadband, and TV subscriptions. The company also offers triple-play services; providing combined TV, Internet, and fixed calling packages for its customers.
 
Tech Insights - LG Considering Sale of Smartphone Business

Tech Insights - LG Considering Sale of Smartphone Business

January 2021
A now deleted report from The Elec suggested that LG had notified its employees that it was considering winding down its smartphone business. Following initial denials from LG, further reports indicated that it was an option, with Vingroup later emerging as a potential buyer for the beleaguered smartphone maker.
 
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