Rakuten Symphony India has never been so in sync. Between July 19 and 21, the company held a pair of Rakuten Symphony SyncUps in Bengaluru and Indore, that included inspiring speeches from global leaders, a celebration of individual and team achievements, and a packed agenda of activities and entertainment – including interactive drum and dance sessions.
The internal employee events were organized to welcome Rakuten Symphony CEO Tareq Amin and other global executives to the region, to strengthen the connections between Rakuten Symphony India employees and to promote a shared understanding of the company’s mission and values.
Rakuten Symphony announces new Global Innovation Lab in Bengaluru
Adding to the excitement of the week was the announcement that Rakuten Symphony will open a new Global Innovation Lab in Bengaluru. Spread over 400,000 sq feet, the facilities are designed to foster a campus environment and provide dedicated R&D and office spaces for Rakuten Symphony’s growing team in the city.
“You are not just the employee. You are the creator, the foundation, the builder, the entrepreneurs that are going to make this happen.”Tareq Amin, CEO, Rakuten Symphony, speaking to employees in India.
The Global Innovation Lab will be a state-of-the-art facility that re-creates the entire network architecture in a simulated environment, from RAN to Core to transport, enabling function and performance testing. It will also act as a showcase for Symworld, allowing Rakuten Symphony to demonstrate the capabilities and performance of the platform to customers. It will complement and expand upon Rakuten Symphony’s existing RAN network functions lab in Bengaluru and the Rakuten Cloud Innovation Lab in Tokyo, allowing for global end-to-end testing of apps across the Symworld portfolio. Moving forward, there are already plans to establish facilities for 6G infrastructure R&D as well.
Investing in growth in India
After meeting with local leaders in Rakuten’s current office space in Bengaluru and enjoying the first Rakuten Symphony SyncUp to start the week, Amin and an executive team that included Rabih Dabboussi, Azita Arvani, Matthew Johnson, Olivier Alluis, Narendra Narayana, Chika TrueDaniels and more, inspected the site of the new office to see the incredible facilities firsthand.
“Can you believe that you, me, all of us, are now part of this vision of democratizing the connectivity of everyone? Not just in your house, not just in your city, not just in your country, but the entire world?”Naren Narayana, Managing Director, Rakuten Symphony India
The global leadership team then traveled to Indore where they received remarkable hospitality from approximately 2,000 local employees. Amin also shared his commitment to continue to invest strongly in the city’s workforce and facilities.
Rakuten Symphony SyncUps Inspire
Attended by more than 1,000 employees in Bengaluru and more than 2,000 in Indore, the Rakuten Symphony SyncUps provided a platform for global leaders to share the strategy of Rakuten Symphony with employees and recognize employee excellence with awards.
On stage in both Bengaluru and Indore, Rakuten Symphony CEO Tareq Amin recounted how he first fell in love with India in 2013 after moving to Mumbai to join Reliance Jio. He was immediately charmed by the riot of colors, sounds and festivities he experienced each day, he noted, and this same unique energy of India was on full display at the SyncUp events as employees reacted powerfully to Amin’s vision for the future of the company.
“You, the employees, are the foundation builders. You are the owner representative and the people who are going to help us achieve our targets,” said Amin. “Regardless of the targets and revenues we want to do, we all need to have skin in the game. You are not just the employee. You are the creator, the foundation, the builder, the entrepreneurs that are going to make this happen.”
“I want you to know that what you have created, what you are creating, is a major disruption,” added Naren Narayana, Managing Director of Rakuten Symphony India. “Can you believe that you, me, all of us, are now part of this vision of democratizing the connectivity of everyone? Not just in your house, not just in your city, not just in your country, but the entire world?”
Below are some of the photo highlights from this memorable week of SyncUp celebrations.