Tech & Innovation

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    Telefónica and Rakuten Mobile will work together to advance OpenRAN technology, 5G core networks and operations support systems.

    Future-proofing 5G: Rakuten Mobile and Telefónica team up to transform cellular tech

    One of the largest telecoms groups in the world has spoken out in favor of new mobile evolution that promises to make cellular technology far more flexible and cost-effective. Madrid-based Telefónica and Rakuten Mobile have signed a memorandum of understanding that will see them work together to advance OpenRAN (radio access network) technology, 5G core networks and operations support systems…

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    This could arguably become the greatest comeback in the history of sports

    Rahul Kadavakolu, Global Sports Business and Global Brand Supervisory Department, Rakuten, Inc. After World War I, the Spanish flu devastated global sports. Multiple sources recount cancellations of soccer and boxing matches. The hockey Stanley Cup final was called off. While professional baseball struggled on, legendary star Babe Ruth was emerging as one of the world’s greatest players when…

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    Qualcomm Technologies’ cooperation with Rakuten Mobile has seen the chip company reprise its historic role as a holistic supplier of cellular technology.

    Bringing the labs to life: Rakuten Mobile and Qualcomm Technologies turn cutting-edge R&D into commercial reality

    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 Durga Malladi, senior vice president and general manager, 4G/5G, at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. One of the world’s leading chip companies has gone back to the future. Best known as…

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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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