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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 - Facebook Reveals that WhatsApp will Contain Advertising from 2020

Telco Insights - Facebook Reveals that WhatsApp will Contain Advertising from 2020

May 2019
Facebook has announced that it will introduce advertising into its WhatsApp messaging application from 2020.

Facebook acquired WhatsApp in 2014 for a reported $19 billion. Historically the founders of WhatsApp, Jan Koum and Brian Acton, opposed the introduction of advertising in the messaging app in favour of sustaining the user experience.
IoT Insights - MaaS Global Japan Developments Show MaaS has Prospects Outside Europe

IoT Insights - MaaS Global Japan Developments Show MaaS has Prospects Outside Europe

May 2019
In late April 2019, MaaS Global and Mitsui Fudosan, a Japanese property conglomerate, announced a partnership to develop a proof of concept deployment of the Whim app in the Greater Tokyo area. This will mean that Whim becomes the first MaaS app available in Japan by the end of 2019.
Fintech Insights - Facebook Expected to Launch Cryptocurrency in 2020

Fintech Insights - Facebook Expected to Launch Cryptocurrency in 2020

May 2019
There is increasing speculation that Facebook is poised to launch its own cryptocurrency in 2020.

Reports from media outlets, including the BBC and the Wall Street Journal, suggest that a team led by former PayPal president and Coinbase director David Marcus, has been building an asset-based cryptocurrency, known internally as ‘GlobalCoin’. It is believed that the cryptocurrency will initially be introduced in around a dozen countries during Q1 2020.
IoT Insights - Verizon Launches NB-IoT in US to Compete on Par with AT&T and T-Mobile in IoT

IoT Insights - Verizon Launches NB-IoT in US to Compete on Par with AT&T and T-Mobile in IoT

May 2019
On 14th May 2019, Verizon announced the launch of its NB-IoT network; covering over 92% of the US population. The launch adds to Verizon’s previous deployment of another LPWA (Low Power Wide Area) cellular IoT technology, LTE Cat M1, in March 2017.
 
Fintech Insights - IBM Blockchain World Wire Payment Network Launched in 72 Countries

Fintech Insights - IBM Blockchain World Wire Payment Network Launched in 72 Countries

May 2019
IBM announced last week that its Blockchain World Wire is officially accessible; offering payment in 72 countries, 47 currencies and 44 banking endpoints. Blockchain World Wire is a real-time global payments network for regulated financial institutions, including bank and non-bank institutions.
 
Telco Insights - Microsoft & SK Telecom Sign MoU for 5G, Cloud Services and Artificial Intelligence

Telco Insights - Microsoft & SK Telecom Sign MoU for 5G, Cloud Services and Artificial Intelligence

May 2019
Microsoft and South Korean network operator have signed an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) for future technologies. SK Telecom will have access to Microsoft’s Azure infrastructure, and will jointly co-ordinate future marketing efforts for AI, 5G and cloud services. Microsoft will bring SK Telecom aboard as a customer, including the integration of its digital voice assistant, Cortana, and Microsoft 365.
 
Telco Insights - US May Withhold Intelligence from UK if it Continues 5G Partnership with Huawei

Telco Insights - US May Withhold Intelligence from UK if it Continues 5G Partnership with Huawei

May 2019
US state department deputy assistant secretary for cyber, international communications and information policy Robert Strayer stated that the US may withhold intelligence from Theresa May’s government if the UK uses Chinese firm Huawei for its upcoming 5G network.
IoT Insights - UK Government Plans Laws to Impose New Cybersecurity Rules on IoT

IoT Insights - UK Government Plans Laws to Impose New Cybersecurity Rules on IoT

May 2019
In May 2019, the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport announced that they are launching a consultation on new IoT cybersecurity regulations, including legal status for ‘Secure by Design’ and a voluntary labelling scheme; rating security levels.
Fintech Insights - Facebook Unveils WhatsApp, Marketplace Payments

Fintech Insights - Facebook Unveils WhatsApp, Marketplace Payments

May 2019
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has confirmed during Facebook’s F8 developer conference in San Jose that the company will launch mobile payments on its WhatsApp platform across several countries later in 2019.

The system is currently in beta in India, where it has around 1 million users.

At the event, Zuckerberg also announced that in the US, Facebook would be integrating its payments offering with Marketplace, its Gumtree-style online classifieds service.
Fintech Insights - Mastercard Announces Greater Transparency to Amazon Business Purchases

Fintech Insights - Mastercard Announces Greater Transparency to Amazon Business Purchases

April 2019
Mastercard announced enhancements to its Smart Data tool solution that provides detail of business expenses; allowing users to see more detailed transaction data concerning their B2B expenses via Amazon Business transactions.

The product is currently available to mid and large-sized business in the UK, Germany and US for Mastercard commercial cards issued by Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, Barclays Bank PLC, Citi, JP Morgan, Lloyds Bank, NatWest and The Royal Bank of Scotland.
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