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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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Fintech Insights - Singtel Expands Reach of VIA Network

Fintech Insights - Singtel Expands Reach of VIA Network

March 2019
Singapore Telecommunications Ltd (Singtel) has signed an agreement with the Japanese payment platform NETSTARS that will enable customers using Singtel’s VIA network to pay in-store with their mobile wallets.

NETSTARS’ 100,000 merchants include airport stores, shopping malls, food and beverage outlets, tourist attractions and transportation modes across Japan.
Juniper Insights - SWIFT gpi Reaches $40 Trillion in Cross-border Money Transfer

Juniper Insights - SWIFT gpi Reaches $40 Trillion in Cross-border Money Transfer

March 2019
Swift gpi went live in 2017 with the goal of providing traditional financial institutions with fast cross-border payments that are fully traceable.

After two years of implementation it reached the milestone of $40 trillion in transfers in 2018, in 18 currencies.

Banks’ adoption from standard SWIFT MT payments message to gpi jumped from 15% at the end of 2017 to 56% at the beginning of 2019, and gpi should become standard for international payments by 2020.
Juniper Insights - Berlin MaaS App Launch Shows Multimodal Transit Gaining Traction in Europe

Juniper Insights - Berlin MaaS App Launch Shows Multimodal Transit Gaining Traction in Europe

March 2019
In February 2019, technology provider Trafi and BVG (Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe), Berlin’s public transit authority, announced that they are launching a fully-fledged multimodal transit app in Summer 2019.

This release shows that MaaS is becoming mainstream, at least in West Europe.
Juniper Insights - New Fitbit Devices Launched, Covering Smartwatches & Fitness Wearables

Juniper Insights - New Fitbit Devices Launched, Covering Smartwatches & Fitness Wearables

March 2019
Fitbit announced a fresh range of wearables on 6th March, with 4 new products, accompanied by an emphasis on expanding its smartwatches range. The new products are the Fitbit Versa Lite Edition Fitbit Inspire, Fitbit Inspire HR and Fitbit Ace 2.

The company noted in its press release that the wearables market as a whole is pivoting to smartwatches and away from basic fitness trackers, as basic wearables capabilities become commoditised and expected, particularly around heart-rate tracking.
Juniper Insights - JP Morgan Chase to Offer POS Financing Product

Juniper Insights - JP Morgan Chase to Offer POS Financing Product

March 2019
During its most recent investors’ call, JP Morgan Chase & Co announced that it would be offering point-of-sale financing through a ‘My Chase Plan’ product, and ‘My Chase Loans’.

This move into the personal loan space will compete with fintech firms who have begun offering similar flexible personal finance products through digital platforms.
Juniper Insights - Citymapper Announces Multi-Modal Subscription Service

Juniper Insights - Citymapper Announces Multi-Modal Subscription Service

February 2019
Mapping and urban transport pioneers Citymapper have announced the release of a ‘one stop’ multi-modal transport subscription service for the city of London, dubbed Citymapper Pass.

Delivered as a travel card, payment is valid for all TfL (Transport for London) services as well as Santander docked bikes and Citymapper’s own ridesharing service, Ride.
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.
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