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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 - WhatsApp Announces Changes to Privacy Policy; Boosts Growth of Alternative Messaging

Tech Insights - WhatsApp Announces Changes to Privacy Policy; Boosts Growth of Alternative Messaging

January 2021
WhatsApp has announced that as of 8th February 2021, their privacy policies will change and that users must accept these updated terms if they wish to continue using the app. Of the changes that WhatsApp made of its privacy policy was the removal of a passage describing how users could opt out of sharing their data with Facebook, who acquired WhatsApp in 2014. This passage was replaced with a statement reserving the right of WhatsApp to share user data with Facebook, saying: ‘WhatsApp receives information from, and shares information with, the other Facebook Companies. We may use the information we receive from them, and they may use the information we share with them, to help operate, provide, improve, understand, customize, support, and market our services and their offerings.’
 
Telco Insights - Deutsche Telekom in Talks to Sell its T-Mobile Netherlands Unit

Telco Insights - Deutsche Telekom in Talks to Sell its T-Mobile Netherlands Unit

January 2021
This week, reports emerged that Tier 1 European MNO (Mobile Network Operator) Deutsche Telekom was looking to sell its Dutch subsidiary T-Mobile Netherlands. Citing sources close to the matter, Dutch financial newspaper Financieele Dagblag claimed that Deutsche Telekom is looking to sell the unit to private equity investors in a deal worth between $4.9 billion and $6.1 billion.
 
Fintech Insights - SaaS Banking Platform Mambu Raises An Additional $134 Million (€110 Million)

Fintech Insights - SaaS Banking Platform Mambu Raises An Additional $134 Million (€110 Million)

January 2021

The funding round was led by TCV, with participation from Tiger Global and Arena Holdings, as well as existing investors Bessemer Venture Partners, Runa Capital and Acton Capital Partners. The new funding brings the company’s valuation to $2.07 billion (€1.7 billion) and it plans to use the new capital to double its workforce and extend its operations into new markets such as Brazil, Japan and the US.

Telco Insights - Proximus Agrees €130 million Deal to Acquire MVNO

Telco Insights - Proximus Agrees €130 million Deal to Acquire MVNO

December 2020
Proximus has announced it will acquire Mobile Vikings, an MVNO based in Belgium. The acquisition is expected to be completed next year, however, is subject to regulatory approval. As part of the acquisition, Proximus will gain over 330,000 mobile subscribers in the country. Proximus will not only gain Mobile Vikings as part of the acquisition but Mobile Vikings’ sister MVNO, JIM Mobile, having been previously grouped after DGP Media acquired both in 2015.
 
Tech Insights - Apple Discloses that Work on its own Modem Chips has Begun

Tech Insights - Apple Discloses that Work on its own Modem Chips has Begun

December 2020
At a recent Town Hall meeting reported by Bloomberg, Apple’s SVP of Hardware Technologies, Johny Srouji, disclosed that Apple has begun work on its own cellular modems, with the aim of ultimately decreasing its reliance on Qualcomm for its smartphones. The move follows the acquisition of Intel’s 5G modem business in July 2019.
 
Fintech Insights - Tink Raises $103 Million, Showing Progress in Open Banking

Fintech Insights - Tink Raises $103 Million, Showing Progress in Open Banking

December 2020
Last week, European Open Banking specialist Tink announced that it had raised an additional €85 million ($103 million) to fuel its expansion in Europe. This additional funding brings Tink’s total funding raised in 2020 to €175 million ($212 million). Its overall funding since its founding in 2012 is over $308 million, a testament to the value of its solutions.
 
Telco Insights - Telefonica has Completed Third Launch of the Edge Computing Nodes in Seville, Spain

Telco Insights - Telefonica has Completed Third Launch of the Edge Computing Nodes in Seville, Spain

December 2020
Telefonica has announced that it has completed the launch of its third VDC-Edge (Virtual Edge Data Centre) in Seville, Spain. This follows its two previous launches in Madrid and Barcelona and efforts in extending its backhaul fibre networks across the country.
 
Tech Insights - Amazon Sidewalk to be Enabled in 2021

Tech Insights - Amazon Sidewalk to be Enabled in 2021

December 2020
Amazon has announced that from next year, customers who own Echo and Tile smart devices will be automatically enrolled into ‘Sidewalk,’ an initiative by Amazon to create neighbourhood-wide shared networks that benefit multiple residents and serve multiple use cases.
 
Fintech Insights - UK Fintech Primer Raises $18.6 Million in Series A Funding

Fintech Insights - UK Fintech Primer Raises $18.6 Million in Series A Funding

December 2020

Payments aggregator Primer has announced that it has received £14 million ($18.6 million) in funding in a Series A round led by Accel. This latest investment comes just weeks after the launch of Primer’s platform and brings the company’s fundraising total to $23.8 million. Primer has said that it will use the funding for business development and to scale its products and engineering organisation.

Telco Insights - Infobip to Increase Presence in the US Market by Acquiring OpenMarket

Telco Insights - Infobip to Increase Presence in the US Market by Acquiring OpenMarket

November 2020
Following the closure of Infobip’s first institutional investment from One Equity Partners, Infobip has announced plans to acquire OpenMarket for approximately $300 million. OpenMarket is a provider of cloud-based mobile messaging solutions to enterprises, including global one-way and two-way SMS, MMS, RCS, and short codes, local numbers, and text-enabled toll-free messaging solutions. OpenMarket works with operators to deliver global A2P SMS and other mobile messaging solutions for some of the world’s biggest enterprises.
 
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