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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.
Juniper Insights - Liberty Global Targets Millicom for Acquisition

Juniper Insights - Liberty Global Targets Millicom for Acquisition

January 2019
The Board of Millicom International Cellular has confirmed receipt of a ‘highly conditional non-binding proposal’ to acquire 100% of its shares from the global TV and broadband operator group, Liberty Global. Millicom provides mobile services to over 51 million customers and cable services to about 9 million homes.
Juniper Insights - AT&T Rolls Out 5G Evolution Update Amid Criticism

Juniper Insights - AT&T Rolls Out 5G Evolution Update Amid Criticism

January 2019
US network operator AT&T pushed out a software update to its smartphones on 7th January to rebrand its 4G LTE network as ‘5G E’, attracting criticism from competitors about misleading advertising.

The technology is similar to 4G LTE-A and has been called ‘a foundation’ for 5G in a blog post by AT&T in June 2018, but the advent of the change on consumers’ phones, has brought fresh allegations.
Juniper Insights - China's Ridesharing Giant DiDi Introduces In-App Financial Services

Juniper Insights - China's Ridesharing Giant DiDi Introduces In-App Financial Services

January 2019
DiDi Chuxing, the Chinese ridesharing giant, announced earlier this week that it was adding a selection of financial services to its app, including car insurance, personal loans and a crowdfunded medical insurance product.
Juniper Insights - Junipers 2018 Wrap Up and Key Takeaways for 2019

Juniper Insights - Junipers 2018 Wrap Up and Key Takeaways for 2019

December 2018
2018 was an important year in terms of the development of emerging technologies: Edge computing as an enabler of real-time IoT use cases began to gather pace; Investment in blockchain technology remained strong; The 3GPP’s 5G standard was finalised in June; AV (Autonomous Vehicle) company Waymo launched its first commercial service in the US.
Juniper Insights - Walmart Strengthens Japanese Presence

Juniper Insights - Walmart Strengthens Japanese Presence

December 2018
Walmart has launched its first eCommerce store for Japanese consumers. The ‘Walmart Rakuten Ichiba Store’, the latest product in its partnership with Japanese eRetailer Rakuten, is located on the Rakuten Ichiba internet shopping mall.

At the outset, the store will initially offer approximately 1,200 products from a diverse range of leading brands. Orders will be fulfilled in the US and air freighted directly to Japanese customers, while shipping costs will be included in the advertised product price.
Juniper Insights - BT Bans Huawei Infrastructure and Equipment from its 5G Core Networks in the UK

Juniper Insights - BT Bans Huawei Infrastructure and Equipment from its 5G Core Networks in the UK

December 2018
BT announced that it will not use Huawei’s 5G equipment and networking infrastructure in its 5G core networks.

Following the acquisition of EE in 2015, the company also announced plans to remove Huawei’s equipment in EE’s EPCs (Evolved Packet Cores) for 3G and 4G networks over the next 2 years. However, BT has confirmed it plana to use Huawei equipment in other areas of the network, such as at the edge.
Juniper Insights - T-Mobile US Launches Mobile Banking ‘T-Mobile Money’, Powered by BankMobile

Juniper Insights - T-Mobile US Launches Mobile Banking ‘T-Mobile Money’, Powered by BankMobile

November 2018
T-Mobile US has launched T-Mobile Money, a checking (current) account service for T-Mobile customers, rolling out on a limited basis. The mobile app is now available for iOS and Android.

The service comes with FDIC insurance for balances up to $250,000, a Mastercard debit card and the ability to send paper checks directly from a smartphone app. T-Mobile Money will also support Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Google Pay. The service is powered by BankMobile, owned by Customers Bank.
Juniper Insights - Santander, BBVA Join EU Blockchain Forum

Juniper Insights - Santander, BBVA Join EU Blockchain Forum

November 2018
Several leading European banks, including Santander and BBVA, have been invited to participate in a blockchain forum organised by the EU (European Union), with the aim of exploring the potential of blockchain and distributed ledger technologies to transform digital services at a global level.

The initiative has been named IABTA (the International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications) and will be formally launched during the first quarter of 2019. It will seek to promote blockchain interoperability, as well as developing sector specific guidelines, protocols and promoting EU standards.
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