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Juniper Insights are a subscriber only download. Published every week, they summarise the news we feel will have the largest impact on the market. 
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Juniper Insights - Amazon Agrees to Acquire Wi-Fi Router Start-up, eero

Juniper Insights - Amazon Agrees to Acquire Wi-Fi Router Start-up, eero

February 2019
On 11, February 2019, Amazon announced that it had entered into a definitive merger agreement with home Wi-Fi provider, eero, under which Amazon will fully acquire eero for an undisclosed sum. eero uses numerous access points to connect devices in households, with consistent Wi-Fi connectivity, coverage and bandwidth.
Juniper Insights - Scooter Sharing Specialist Lime Announces $310 Million Funding Round

Juniper Insights - Scooter Sharing Specialist Lime Announces $310 Million Funding Round

February 2019
Lime, the US-based scooter sharing giant, announced earlier this week that it had raised $310 million in a Series D funding round, led by Bain Capital Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, Fidelity Ventures, GV and IVP.
Juniper Insights - Contactless Cards Set to Gain Traction in the US in 2019

Juniper Insights - Contactless Cards Set to Gain Traction in the US in 2019

February 2019
Over the past 6-12 months, the US has had an increase in contactless payment acceptance at POS terminals, as reported by leading payment network providers. Meanwhile, in terms of contactless card issuance, more US banks also committed to launching contactless cards in Q4 2018. In November 2018, Chase announced that ‘all newly issued Visa cards will be contactless enabled’ and existing users will be able to upgrade their cards.

Merchant acceptance for contactless payments is in place in the majority of US locations, with Visa suggesting that ‘more than 50% all in-person transactions in the US take place on a contactless-enabled POS terminal’. Additionally, the US Payments Forum stated that 99% of the top 200 retailers in the country are now chip-enabled and chip-on-chip transactions make up 60% of overall transaction volumes in the US.
Juniper Insights - SWIFT Backs Online Payment ‘Pay Later’

Juniper Insights - SWIFT Backs Online Payment ‘Pay Later’

January 2019
Last Wednesday SWIFT launched the ‘Pay Later’ API standard to give official backing to the ‘new’ credit form that has already been offered by some fintechs, such as the Swedish firm Klarna, since last year. The initiative aims at widespread adoption of the payment model by both banks and merchants. The API standardisation also helps traditional banks to enter the equation as competitive players.
Juniper Insights - Liberty Global Targets Millicom for Acquisition

Juniper Insights - Liberty Global Targets Millicom for Acquisition

January 2019
The Board of Millicom International Cellular has confirmed receipt of a ‘highly conditional non-binding proposal’ to acquire 100% of its shares from the global TV and broadband operator group, Liberty Global. Millicom provides mobile services to over 51 million customers and cable services to about 9 million homes.
Juniper Insights - AT&T Rolls Out 5G Evolution Update Amid Criticism

Juniper Insights - AT&T Rolls Out 5G Evolution Update Amid Criticism

January 2019
US network operator AT&T pushed out a software update to its smartphones on 7th January to rebrand its 4G LTE network as ‘5G E’, attracting criticism from competitors about misleading advertising.

The technology is similar to 4G LTE-A and has been called ‘a foundation’ for 5G in a blog post by AT&T in June 2018, but the advent of the change on consumers’ phones, has brought fresh allegations.
Juniper Insights - China's Ridesharing Giant DiDi Introduces In-App Financial Services

Juniper Insights - China's Ridesharing Giant DiDi Introduces In-App Financial Services

January 2019
DiDi Chuxing, the Chinese ridesharing giant, announced earlier this week that it was adding a selection of financial services to its app, including car insurance, personal loans and a crowdfunded medical insurance product.
Juniper Insights - Junipers 2018 Wrap Up and Key Takeaways for 2019

Juniper Insights - Junipers 2018 Wrap Up and Key Takeaways for 2019

December 2018
2018 was an important year in terms of the development of emerging technologies: Edge computing as an enabler of real-time IoT use cases began to gather pace; Investment in blockchain technology remained strong; The 3GPP’s 5G standard was finalised in June; AV (Autonomous Vehicle) company Waymo launched its first commercial service in the US.
Juniper Insights - Walmart Strengthens Japanese Presence

Juniper Insights - Walmart Strengthens Japanese Presence

December 2018
Walmart has launched its first eCommerce store for Japanese consumers. The ‘Walmart Rakuten Ichiba Store’, the latest product in its partnership with Japanese eRetailer Rakuten, is located on the Rakuten Ichiba internet shopping mall.

At the outset, the store will initially offer approximately 1,200 products from a diverse range of leading brands. Orders will be fulfilled in the US and air freighted directly to Japanese customers, while shipping costs will be included in the advertised product price.
Juniper Insights - BT Bans Huawei Infrastructure and Equipment from its 5G Core Networks in the UK

Juniper Insights - BT Bans Huawei Infrastructure and Equipment from its 5G Core Networks in the UK

December 2018
BT announced that it will not use Huawei’s 5G equipment and networking infrastructure in its 5G core networks.

Following the acquisition of EE in 2015, the company also announced plans to remove Huawei’s equipment in EE’s EPCs (Evolved Packet Cores) for 3G and 4G networks over the next 2 years. However, BT has confirmed it plana to use Huawei equipment in other areas of the network, such as at the edge.
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