Tech & Innovation

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    With safety, social distancing and convenience more in demand than ever, Rakuten’s UGV might just be the perfect helper for this summer season.

    Rakuten UGV delivers food and peace of mind to glampers

    With long queues and physical distancing now the norm at shops across Japan, Rakuten’s Drone UGV team is launching a new service aimed at making shopping safer and more convenient. The service comes amid increasing consumer demand for home delivery and non-face-to-face delivery. At the same time, the Japanese government is keen to achieve implementation of automated unmanned ground vehicle deliver…

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    Rakuten Mobile and Sercomm are completing the connectivity puzzle

    Completing the connectivity puzzle

    This article is part of a series highlighting the collaboration between Rakuten Mobile and its partners to build the world’s first end-to-end fully virtualized cloud-native mobile network. In this edition, we speak to James Wang, CEO of Sercomm Corporation. One of the challenges of building a mobile network is managing performance in the hotspots. How do you provide a high quality signal inside a…

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    Rakuten Mobile and Nokia go Broad and Bold in Japan

    Nokia goes broad and bold in Japan

    This article is part of a series highlighting the collaboration between Rakuten Mobile and its partners to build the world’s first end-to-end fully virtualized cloud-native mobile network. In this edition, we speak with John Harrington, Head of Nokia Japan. For the past three decades, Nokia has been part of the fabric of the global mobile industry. Yet the 150 year-old company remains at the cutti…

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    Cisco is involved in developing and deploying the cloud-native virtualized architecture being used by Rakuten Mobile.

    Delivering a step change in connectivity

    This article is part of a series highlighting the collaboration between Rakuten Mobile and its partners to build the world’s first end-to-end fully virtualized cloud-native mobile network. In this edition, we spoke to Jonathan Davidson, SVP and General Manager, Cisco Mass-Scale Infrastructure, Cisco. Telco operators around the world “have been investing 30 to 40 billion dollars a year in deploying…

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    How an open mindset is changing the economics of connectivity

    This article is part of a series highlighting the collaboration between Rakuten Mobile and its partners to build the world’s first end-to-end fully virtualized cloud-native mobile network. In this edition, we speak to Eric D. Stonestrom,  President & CEO of Airspan Networks Inc. One of the longest running storylines in high tech has been the competition between open and closed technologie…

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    Tareq Amin on how Rakuten Mobile's 5G core will support new functionality, such as network slicing & ultra-low latency services without compromising on reliability.

    How elegant software can make 5G networks more resilient

    Telecom networks are part of the core fabric of our society: Any interruption can cause huge disruption. With the COVID-19 pandemic pushing more and more activity online, now more than ever, networks have to be available around the clock — a fact that is top of mind for mobile network operators around the globe as we move into the 5G era.  Ensuring 5G mobile networks will meet that crucial require…

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    In a radical partnership between mobile operator & vendor, Rakuten Mobile & NEC Corp. are co-developing a completely new core architecture for 5G networks.

    Rakuten Mobile and NEC are rethinking 5G

    In a radical partnership between mobile operator and vendor, Rakuten Mobile and NEC Corp. are working together to co-develop a completely new core network for 5G network architecture. The two companies are adapting state-of-the-art computing technology to create a standalone (SA) 5G core network that promises to be far more cost-effective and flexible than its predecessors. While Rakuten Mobile is…

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    Intel technology was pivotal to enabling the cloud-based automation that underpins Rakuten’s innovative approach to providing cellular service using cloud.

    A new kind of connected cloud: Intel tech helps Rakuten Mobile achieve cloud operation automation

    This article is part of a series highlighting the collaboration between Rakuten Mobile and its partners to build the world’s first end-to-end fully virtualized cloud-native mobile network. In this edition, we speak with Caroline Chan, vice president and general manager of Intel’s Network Business Incubator Division. Peep under the hood of Rakuten Mobile’s new network in Japan and you’ll find one o…

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    In the three months since its release, Rakuten Mobile’s first original device, the Rakuten Mini, has made big waves for a small phone.

    As Crimson Red model hits stores, Rakuten Mini developers share backstory of ground-breaking phone

    In the three months since its release, Rakuten Mobile’s first original device, the Rakuten Mini, has made big waves for a small phone. Measuring just 10.6cm by 5.3cm and weighing 79 grams, the phone was designed for people who want the convenience of a powerful handset — complete with FeliCa touchless payment capability, facial recognition, high-res 16MP camera and more — but with the added benefi…

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