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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.



 
IoT Insights - Proposed Google & Samsung Deal Shows Changes Coming to Voice Assistants

IoT Insights - Proposed Google & Samsung Deal Shows Changes Coming to Voice Assistants

July 2020
This week, Bloomberg reported that Google and Samsung are negotiating a major deal to give Google services more prominence on Samsung smartphones, including more control over search on the devices. Interestingly, the report also claims that this would be that Bixby is downplayed in favour of Google Assistant integration in the smartphones, which would be a major change to the voice assistant market.
 
Fintech Insights - EMQ Funding Shows Momentum Continuing in Cross-border Payments

Fintech Insights - EMQ Funding Shows Momentum Continuing in Cross-border Payments

July 2020
This week, Hong-Kong based EMQ announced that it had raised $20 million in a Series B funding round, to support its cross-border payments efforts. The latest round of funding is led by WI Harper Group, with participation from new and existing investors including Abu Dhabi Capital, AppWorks, DG Ventures, Hard Yaka, Intudo Ventures, January Capital, Quest Venture Partners, SparkLabs Taipei, Vectr Fintech Partners, and VS Partners.
 
Telco Insights - Orange & Google Cloud Announce Strategic Partnership for Digital Transformation

Telco Insights - Orange & Google Cloud Announce Strategic Partnership for Digital Transformation

July 2020
Network operator, Orange, and cloud services provider, Google Cloud, have announced a joint strategic partnership that will accelerate digital transformation within Orange’s mobile network and infrastructure. As part of the partnership, Orange will leverage Google Cloud’s expertise in AI, cloud computing, edge computing and cybersecurity. Orange will contribute its communications services and international mobile networks as part of the partnership. The agreement reiterates Orange’s Engage 2025 plan released at the end of 2019, which highlights Orange’s focus on ensuring it positions itself and its services to meet changing consumer habits in the future.
 
IoT Insights - Big Tech Companies State Intent to Limit or Halt Facial Recognition Technology Use

IoT Insights - Big Tech Companies State Intent to Limit or Halt Facial Recognition Technology Use

July 2020
Amazon, IBM and Microsoft have all made statements stating an intent to halt facial recognition technology use in a variety of situations, thanks to its known capability for reinforcing racial injustice within the US police system and in society more broadly.
 
Telco Insights - UK Government Bans Huawei from 5G Networks Following Security Concerns

Telco Insights - UK Government Bans Huawei from 5G Networks Following Security Concerns

July 2020
Following a technical review by the National Cyber Security Centre, the UK Government has ruled that Huawei must be removed from native 5G networks by 2027.

The UK Government recently announced that mobile providers will be banned from purchasing Huawei 5G equipment after the 31st December 2020 and that Huawei’s 5G equipment must be removed from 5G network infrastructure by 2027. The current government ruling does not prevent Huawei’s involvement in existing 3G or 4G networks.
 
Fintech Insights - New US Challenger Bank Point to Offer Debit Card with Rewards

Fintech Insights - New US Challenger Bank Point to Offer Debit Card with Rewards

July 2020
It was reported this week that emerging US challenger bank Point has announced new fundraising and is launching a no-fee debit card account offering rewards and interest on savings. The card will offer cashback and fee-free foreign spending, plus the account earns 0.001% APY (Annual Percentage Yield). The company says that it is ‘on a mission to build a bank account for the new generation of leaders’. Point has raised $10.5 million Series A funding to date, with investors including Valar Ventures, who have previously backed other fintech startups including TransferWise, Stash and challenger bank N26.
 
Telco Insights - Vodafone Announces Partnership with Ford; Private 5G Network to be Implemented

Telco Insights - Vodafone Announces Partnership with Ford; Private 5G Network to be Implemented

July 2020
Vodafone and Ford Motor Company have announced plans to install a private 5G network at the automotive OEM’s electric vehicle manufacturing facilities in Essex and Cambridge, UK. The project was a result of a £35 million ($43 million) fund from the UK government for the trialling of services underpinned by 5G technologies.
 
IoT Insights - Companies Boycott Facebook Advertising Over Hate Speech Concerns

IoT Insights - Companies Boycott Facebook Advertising Over Hate Speech Concerns

July 2020
As of the time of writing, over 180 companies have pulled advertising on Facebook, including Ben & Jerry’s, Clorox, Coca-Cola, Patagonia, Starbucks and Verizon, as part of a campaign orchestrated by the Anti-Defamation League and others to protest the company’s lack of action to suppress hate speech on their platform. Some, such as Unilever, have suspended social media advertising on other platforms as well, while others, such as Microsoft, have engaged in their own independent boycotts.
 
Fintech Insights - Wirecard AG Collapses into Insolvency, Creating Uncertainty Throughout Fintech

Fintech Insights - Wirecard AG Collapses into Insolvency, Creating Uncertainty Throughout Fintech

July 2020
Last week, the German payments processing company Wirecard AG announced that it was filing for insolvency proceedings, following a high-profile accounting scandal involving missing funds and the resignation and arrest of its former CEO Markus Braun. The allegations involve €1.9 billion ($2.1 billion) in missing funds, which Wirecard since has admitted may not exist.
 
IoT Insights - Bose Winding Down AR Glasses Initiative

IoT Insights - Bose Winding Down AR Glasses Initiative

June 2020
A report from Protocol states that Bose is giving up on its AR glasses technology. While Bose Frames glasses and headphones that supported the technology are still available to buy, there is no direct reference to Bose AR technology itself on Bose’s website any longer. Also new developers have not been able to access the Bose AR SDK since April. Bose AR Glasses reportedly will only provide hearable capabilities, without the directional audio capabilities of Bose AR.
 
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