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Juniper Research Insights are a subscriber-only download. Published fortnightly, they summarise the news we feel will have the largest impact on the market. For more information please visit our Juniper Research Insights page.



 
Telco Insights - Microsoft to Further 5G Presence by Acquiring Metaswitch Networks

Telco Insights - Microsoft to Further 5G Presence by Acquiring Metaswitch Networks

May 2020
Following the acquisition of Affirmed Networks in April 2020, Microsoft aims to further develop 5G services by entering in to an agreement to acquire Metaswitch Networks for an undisclosed amount.
IoT Insights - Apple to Acquire VR Streaming Service Provider, NextVR, for $100 Million

IoT Insights - Apple to Acquire VR Streaming Service Provider, NextVR, for $100 Million

May 2020
Apple has acquired VR (virtual reality) streaming service, NextVR, for a reported $100 million.

VR technology has already been accessed for a number of years by some of Apple’s major competitors, such as Facebook and Samsung. Apple has until now not entered this space to the same extent, historically with a preference instead of AR (augmented reality).
 
Fintech Insights - Ant Financial to Invest $73.5 Million into Myanmar’s Wave Money

Fintech Insights - Ant Financial to Invest $73.5 Million into Myanmar’s Wave Money

May 2020
It was reported this week that Alipay affiliate Ant Financial is to invest $73.5 million into mobile financial services provider Wave Money in a bid to boost financial inclusion in Myanmar. The move will make Ant Financial a significant minority stakeholder alongside existing shareholders Norwegian telecoms company, Telenor, and Myanmar’s Yoma Bank.
 
Telco Insights - Sinch Announces Intention to Acquire SAP’s Communication Platform

Telco Insights - Sinch Announces Intention to Acquire SAP’s Communication Platform

May 2020
Sinch has announced that it has agreed to acquire SAP’s mobile messaging solution suite, SDI (SAP Digital Interconnect). SDI is a cloud-based communication solution that currently has over 1,500 clients globally. As part of the acquisition, Sinch will acquire all IP (intellectual property) and assets that belong to SDI.
 
IoT Insights - Intel Acquires Moovit

IoT Insights - Intel Acquires Moovit

May 2020
Intel has announced that it is acquiring Israeli urban transit data start-up Moovit for $900 million ($840 million net of existing Intel equity position in the firm). Moovit will remain an independent subsidiary and work with Intel’s Mobileye team. Moovit’s CEO, Nir Erez, will remain in place and take up additional roles as Executive Vice President at Mobileye and Vice President at Intel. Moovit’s existing partnerships will remain in place.
 
Fintech Insights - N26 Raises Additional $100 Million in Series D Extension

Fintech Insights - N26 Raises Additional $100 Million in Series D Extension

May 2020
This week, digital-only bank N26 announced it had raised an additional $100 million in funding in an extension of its Series D funding round, bringing the total raised in that round to $570 million. The extension was raised via existing investors and maintains N26’s existing valuation at $3.5 billion. N26 also confirmed it had reached over 5 million customers. N26 highlighted that the funding would be used for ‘consolidating our presence in our 24 European markets and the US to introduce even more people to N26’.
 
IoT Insights - The Recent Impacts of IoT Legislation

IoT Insights - The Recent Impacts of IoT Legislation

April 2020
Effective immediately from 1st January 2020, the California IoT Security Law is now in place. The act is in direct response to a series of hacking incidents regarding Internet of Things devices. Presently, Amazon and home security subsidiary Ring are facing 26 federal lawsuits in California; alleging that lax security standards led to the incidents.
 
Telco Insights - SAP Considering Streamlining Services in Response to Volatile Market Conditions

Telco Insights - SAP Considering Streamlining Services in Response to Volatile Market Conditions

April 2020
The future of SAP’s Digital Interconnect division is uncertain, as a report by Bloomberg suggests that the company is exploring different options to combat the current stock market decline. Due to the economic uncertainty caused by COVID-19, SAP is reportedly assessing the market and identifying potential buyers for its Digital Interconnect unit. SAP Digital Interconnect provides APIs that enable businesses to offer multi-channel messaging.

 
Fintech Insights - Google is Set to Launch its Debit Card

Fintech Insights - Google is Set to Launch its Debit Card

April 2020
It has been reported this week that Google is developing both physical and virtual debit cards in collaboration with established financial services players such as Citigroup and Stanford Federal Credit Union. The as-yet-unnamed card will be connected to the user’s Google or Google Pay account and linked to its own debit account, which will enable card users to purchase goods instore as well as online. The card was initially expected to launch in the early part of 2020 but has not yet been released; an actual launch date has not yet been announced.
 
Telco Insights - China Mobile Announces it Will Use Huawei and ZTE for Roll-out of its 5G Network

Telco Insights - China Mobile Announces it Will Use Huawei and ZTE for Roll-out of its 5G Network

April 2020
China Mobile has announced that it will use Huawei and ZTE for the majority of its 5G network roll-out. The company will also use Ericsson and a small network vendor based in China. The roll-out will include the deployment of over 200,000 new basestations in 2020. Huawei will provide over 55% of these basestations, whilst ZTE will provide over 25% of basestations.
 
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