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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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Fintech Insights - Shopify Growth Continuing, Underpinned by Expansive Market Strategies

Fintech Insights - Shopify Growth Continuing, Underpinned by Expansive Market Strategies

April 2021
This week Canadian eCommerce company Shopify is continuing to expand its areas of interest. Shopify is entering the online grocery sector, through the launch of a new e-commerce app, which will enable retailers subscribed to Shopify to add groceries to their offerings. The app is claimed to be a one-of-a-kind feature designed by supplier GreenDropShip. Shopify’s core business is centred around creating platforms for small start-up companies to make their own online business. This is then supplemented by offering sales processing tools, and Shopify brand hardware and software for its users.
 
Telco Insights - BT Wholesale Services to Enter 5G Market Targeting MNOs

Telco Insights - BT Wholesale Services to Enter 5G Market Targeting MNOs

April 2021
BT Wholesale has indicated its intention to offer wholesale 5G services to MNOs looking to launch 5G networks. The company already has an extensive portfolio of managed services, including hosted communications, data, voice and cellular IoT.
 
Tech Insights - LG to Exit Smartphone Market, Showing Tough Operating Environment

Tech Insights - LG to Exit Smartphone Market, Showing Tough Operating Environment

April 2021
This week, consumer electronics giant LG announced that it was closing its smartphone business, following years of losses being made at the business unit. The announcement reflects LG’s continued reduction in market share over many years. LG announced that it would focus on growth areas of its business instead, such as vehicle components, including electric vehicle batteries.
 
Telco Insights - Etisalat Announces Partnership with Rakuten Mobile to Accelerate OpenRAN Deployment

Telco Insights - Etisalat Announces Partnership with Rakuten Mobile to Accelerate OpenRAN Deployment

March 2021
Etisalat announces its intention to partner with Rakuten Mobile, in order to develop an OpenRAN-based network architecture capable of supporting virtualised network functionalities. The Etisalat Group is a leading telecommunications service provider based in the UAE, which provides network services to 149 million subscribers across Africa and the Middle East. Rakuten Mobile is a Japanese mobile network operator and a fully-owned subsidiary of Rakuten, which also offers MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) functionalities.
 
Tech Insights - Apple Cancels HomePod to Focus on HomePod Mini

Tech Insights - Apple Cancels HomePod to Focus on HomePod Mini

March 2021
In a statement made to TechCrunch, Apple has cancelled production of its HomePod speaker, in order to focus on the HomePod Mini. Software support for the HomePod will continue, but the speaker itself will cease to be offered for sale once current stocks are sold out.
 
Fintech Insights - Jumio Raises $150 Million in Funding

Fintech Insights - Jumio Raises $150 Million in Funding

March 2021
This week, identity verification vendor Jumio announced that it had secured an investment of $150 million from Great Hill Partners, a private equity firm. The investment is stated to be the ‘single largest funding round in the digital identity space’. The investment is targeted at automating its identity verification solutions; expanding the breadth of its KYX Platform and growing its suite of AML (Anti Money Laundering) compliance services.
 
Telco Insights - DISH to Acquire Republic Wireless

Telco Insights - DISH to Acquire Republic Wireless

March 2021
Dish Network, a communications service provider, has announced the takeover of Republic Wireless, an MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network operators) that operates over T-Mobile’s cellular network in the US. Republic Wireless was launched in 2010, with its first full commercial launch occurring in 2013. Initially, Republic Wireless used Sprint’s CDMA network, however it signed a deal with T-Mobile in 2016 to leverage its GSM network on a wholesale basis.
 
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.
 
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