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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 - Avenir Telecom Releases First Energizer-Branded KaiOS Smart Featurephones

Telco Insights - Avenir Telecom Releases First Energizer-Branded KaiOS Smart Featurephones

September 2019
Avenir has revealed two Energizer-branded smart featurephones that will be showcased at IFA 2019. The E241 and E241S are 3G and 4G handsets respectively, which run on the KaiOS platform.

They will come with WhatsApp, YouTube, Facebook, Google Assistant, and Google Maps preinstalled, and cost €29.99 ($32.84) and €39.99 ($44.14), although some distributors have already earmarked higher prices for them.
Fintech Insights - Railsbank Raises Funding for South East Asia Expansion

Fintech Insights - Railsbank Raises Funding for South East Asia Expansion

September 2019
London-based start-up Railsbank announced that it had raised £10 million ($12.1 million) in a Series A funding round, led by Singapore Life, Moneta Capital, CreditEase, Clocktower Technology Ventures and existing investors such as Firestartr.

The funding will be used to expand Railsbank’s reach beyond Europe by focusing on the US, Australia and South East Asia. A new office in Singapore has already opened.
Fintech Insights - Japanese Insurer Tokio Marine Holdings Joins Singapore Insurtech Programme

Fintech Insights - Japanese Insurer Tokio Marine Holdings Joins Singapore Insurtech Programme

August 2019
Following an initial December 2017 partnership with Plug and Play in California’s Silicon Valley, Japanese P&C (Property and Casualty) insurer Tokio Marine Holdings has announced a collaboration with Plug and Play’s Singapore insurtech programme.
Telco Insights - 5G Roaming Agreements Signed between Swisscom, SK Telecom & Elisa

Telco Insights - 5G Roaming Agreements Signed between Swisscom, SK Telecom & Elisa

August 2019
Swisscom announced the signing of roaming agreements with SK Telecom (South Korea) and Elisa (Finland) for 5G networks.

This development took place just three months after SK Telecom launched the first commercial 5G network in South Korea in April 2019.
IoT Insights - IKEA Marks the Creation of its Smart Home Business Unit, IKEA Home Smart

IoT Insights - IKEA Marks the Creation of its Smart Home Business Unit, IKEA Home Smart

August 2019
IKEA announced the creation of a dedicated business unit for the smart home market, IKEA Home Smart. The business unit will be responsible for expanding and developing its portfolio of smart home products. It will operate alongside existing units, such as Livingroom & Workspace, Kitchen & Dining, Food and Lighting.
Telco Insights - African Mobile Money Regulation will Force Growth into New Areas

Telco Insights - African Mobile Money Regulation will Force Growth into New Areas

August 2019
A variety of African governments have been introducing legislation that will impact the very successful mobile money services markets.

In particular, there have been moves to counteract Safaricom’s dominance in Kenya, as well as several countries introducing a variety of new taxes and KYC (Know Your Customer) requirements on mobile money transactions, the most punitive of which are in Zimbabwe. These restrictions will reshape the mobile money landscape as it stands, with Nigeria a likely winner in the short term.
 
IOT Insights - Fossil's New Smartwatches Extend Wear OS iPhone Functionalities

IOT Insights - Fossil's New Smartwatches Extend Wear OS iPhone Functionalities

August 2019

Fossil has announced the fifth generation of its Wear OS smartwatch, the Gen 5. This is the first Wear OS watch that will be able to take calls from a tethered iPhone. However, this functionality will not be available on the release date.

Gen 5 uses Fossil's design strategy to merge technology with classic watch design. It provides improved battery life and a swim-proof speaker that allows users to play music and hear responses from Google Assistant and answer calls.

Fintech Insights - Sweden's Klarna Becomes Europe's Most Valuable Fintech Company

Fintech Insights - Sweden's Klarna Becomes Europe's Most Valuable Fintech Company

August 2019
Swedish start-up Klarna has now become Europe’s most valuable private fintech company and the sixth in the world, after raising $460 million in funding.

This equity funding was led by San Francisco Dragoneer Investment Group alongside BlackRock and Commonwealth Bank of Australia; bringing the total valuation of the company to $5.5 billion.
 
IoT Insights - Apple Reportedly Acquiring Intel’s Chipset Division

IoT Insights - Apple Reportedly Acquiring Intel’s Chipset Division

July 2019
Apple is reportedly interested in purchasing the chipset division, including staff and development, of Intel’s 5G modems.

This is despite Apple agreeing to use Qualcomm’s chipset for at least the next 6 years as part of a settlement revolving around patent licensing. At present, Intel’s sole customer in the sector is Apple itself.
Telco Insights - South Korean Companies Announce Consortium to Drive Mobile Identity

Telco Insights - South Korean Companies Announce Consortium to Drive Mobile Identity

July 2019
Last week, 7 companies in South Korea announced that they had formed a consortium to launch a blockchain-based mobile identity solution in 2020, based on the principle of self-sovereign identity.
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