Tech & Innovation

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    Rakuten Mobile has been named a “Global Leader” in two categories in Opensignal’s Global Mobile Network Experience Awards 2021.

    Rakuten Mobile named Global Leader in Opensignal’s Global Mobile Network Experience Awards 2021

    When Rakuten Mobile announced it would deploy the world’s first end-to-end fully virtualized 4G and 5G commercial mobile network in fall of 2018, there was no shortage of skeptics who believed a mobile network based on open RAN simply wouldn’t work as well as a traditional mobile network. Rakuten Mobile met that skepticism head-on, launching its 4G mobile network in April 2020,…

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    Rakuten Mobile's Sagiv Draznin has a message for the telco world: In the age of 5G, virtualization and automation, operators are the new engineers.

    Is this the coolest (and most misunderstood) job in mobile?

    Sagiv Draznin has a message for the telco world: In the age of 5G, virtualization and automation, operators are the new engineers. The title engineer has something of an illustrious ring to it for those technically-minded people pursuing a career in telecommunications. However, Draznin argues that the virtualized nature of Rakuten’s revolutionary mobile network ― and all the networks that will fol…

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    Rakuten Mobile is embracing automation: software performs many of the day-to-day tasks completed by human beings in a traditional telecoms operator.

    Mobile Tech Explained: Automation

    This article is part of a series breaking down the complex systems and technologies that make up the Rakuten Mobile network and Rakuten Communications Platform. In this edition, we speak with Anshul Bhatt, business unit head of the AI Platforms Division, Rakuten Mobile, and Ashish Madan, system integration specialist, Rakuten Mobile Singapore about how Rakuten Mobile is ha…

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    Etisalat and Rakuten Mobile to explore and co-develop a mobile network reference design based the Rakuten Communications Platform (RCP).

    Etisalat and Rakuten Mobile to develop future mobile infrastructure and operating model based on Rakuten Communications Platform

    A new generation of mobile infrastructure is poised to take off in the Middle East. Etisalat, one of the world’s largest telco service providers operating in 16 countries across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, is working with Rakuten Mobile to jointly develop a reference blueprint for mobile broadband networks based on the Rakuten Communications Platform (RCP). This is a unique opportunity for E…

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    Breaking down the systems and technologies that make up the Rakuten Mobile network and Rakuten Communications Platform. Sushil Rawat explains RAN.

    Mobile tech explained: The Future of Radio Access Networks

    This article is part of a series breaking down the complex systems and technologies that make up the Rakuten Mobile network and Rakuten Communications Platform. In this edition, we speak with Sushil Rawat, director of vRAN access product development at Rakuten Mobile, Inc. Changing mobile user behavior, new mobile devices and new demands for mobile networks are driving the need for mobile operator…

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    Rakuten Mobile recently announced a collaboration with Ligado Networks to deploy Rakuten Communications Platfform (RCP) in a trial 5G private network.

    Rakuten Mobile and Ligado Networks to collaborate on 5G mobile private networks

    With the launch of 5G networks around the world, more and more customers are set to enjoy the unprecedented mobile speeds and ultra-low latency they bring. However, 5G doesn’t only promise to transform the way individuals work and connect; some of the most innovative use cases for the next generation of communications will come from enterprises leveraging 5G mobile private networks. Mobile private…

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    Rakuten CMO Naho Kono shares insights on the impact of Rakuten Mobile's new pricing plan on the telecom industry in Japan and headlines worldwide.

    CMO Naho Kono on Rakuten’s simple plan to revolutionize the mobile industry

    Announced January 29, Rakuten Mobile’s UN-LIMIT VI plan is sending waves through the global telecom industry. As the plan automatically scales down the monthly fee for those using less data — right down to zero yen for those using less than 1GB — it gives even more reason for light users to try out Rakuten’s service, while maintaining the simplicity of having one single plan. One driving for…

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    Many industry experts said it was impossible, but Rakuten Mobile is scaling up its mobile network at unprecedented speed.

    Network Performance: How Rakuten is scaling a nationwide mobile network

    Rakuten Mobile is scaling up its mobile network at unprecedented speed. Commercially launched in April 2020 as the world’s first fully virtualized, cloud-native mobile network built on OpenRAN standards, Rakuten Mobile did what many industry experts said was impossible. And now with Rakuten Mobile’s year-end customer acquisition and performance metrics coming to light, there is much to be celebrat…

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    Rakuten Mobile's newly announced plan, Rakuten UN-LIMIT VI, automatically scales down in price for customers who use less data.

    Something for everyone: Rakuten Mobile’s new plan starts from zero yen

    Mobile users across Japan will soon have access to 5G cellular services at a lower price than ever before — potentially, even for free. During a press conference in Tokyo earlier today, Rakuten Mobile once again shocked the telecommunications industry with the announcement of “Rakuten UN-LIMIT VI,” a new and enhanced version of the Rakuten UN-LIMIT V mobile service plan that automatically scales d…

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