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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 - IOTAS Funding Shows Potential of the Smart Home & IoT in Proptech

IoT Insights - IOTAS Funding Shows Potential of the Smart Home & IoT in Proptech

October 2019
This week, smart home platform specialist IOTAS announced that it had raised Series A funding of $8.5 million, in order to further develop its Enterprise SaaS platform and scale internationally. Lead participants in the funding round were Telus Ventures and Liberty Global, with Intel Capital recommitting earlier capital.
 
Fintech Insights - Visa & Mastercard Strategic Investment Shows Potential of Plaid

Fintech Insights - Visa & Mastercard Strategic Investment Shows Potential of Plaid

September 2019
Following a $250 million Series C funding round in December 2018, Plaid announced that two major participants in their recent Series C funding round were Mastercard and Visa. 
IoT Insights - Costa Coffee to Introduce IoT-enabled Vending Machines in UK

IoT Insights - Costa Coffee to Introduce IoT-enabled Vending Machines in UK

September 2019
Costa Coffee and IoT connectivity provider Eseye have entered into a partnership to allow monitoring and management of Costa’s Express vending machines. Adopting Eseye’s technology, Costa will boost operational efficiency of its 10,000 self-serve coffee units through real-time data collection and end-to-end IoT solutions. 
 
Telco Insights - SK Telecom Completes End-to-End 5G Standalone Test with Ericsson

Telco Insights - SK Telecom Completes End-to-End 5G Standalone Test with Ericsson

September 2019
SK Telecom and Ericsson have announced that the two companies have completed a successful trial of a standalone 5G network. 3GPP standards for standalone 5G networks are anticipated to be finalised in December 2019. As a result, commercialisation of standalone 5G networks will not occur until 2020 at the earliest.
 
IoT Insights - Mitsubishi Corporation Announces Investment in MaaS Global

IoT Insights - Mitsubishi Corporation Announces Investment in MaaS Global

September 2019
This week, Mitsubishi Corporation announced that it had invested an undisclosed amount in MaaS Global, a Finnish-based leader in MaaS (Mobility-as-a-Service).
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.
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