Tech & Innovation

  • Blog
    Rakuten Mobile has been recognized with two Opensignal awards: Japan's best Voice App Experience and Upload Speed Experience.

    Opensignal Japan Mobile Network Experience Report: Rakuten Mobile wins in Voice App and Upload Speed Experience

    This month, Rakuten Mobile celebrated its first anniversary as the newest mobile carrier in Japan. And over the past year, industry eyes from around the world have been on the operator’s fully virtualized cloud-native network to see how the revolutionary architecture actually performs. Rakuten Mobile’s winning technology In March, Opensignal, the independent global standard for analyzing con…

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  • Rakuten Innovation
    Drones are a key part of Rakuten Mobile's solution for readying a network that covers 96% of Japan's population by summer 2021.

    Rakuten Mobile deploys drones to help accelerate base station rollout

    Rakuten Mobile’s revolutionary cellular network just celebrated its first birthday. But that doesn’t mean work is slowing down; network coverage is expanding faster than ever. In January, Rakuten CEO Mickey Mikitani announced that by summer 2021, the Rakuten Mobile network will reach 96% of Japan’s population ― a target that was originally slated for 2026. So how is Rakuten Mobile tackling this am…

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    Rakuten Mobile Interoperability: How the telco is integrating technologies from different vendors, including more than 200 individual network applications.

    Mobile tech explained: Interoperability

    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 Rahul Atri, head of product and engineering, Rakuten Mobile. In the technology and telecoms sectors, there is an ongoing tug of war between innovation and interoperability. A start-up might develop…

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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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