Tech & Innovation

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    Rakuten Kobo expands ebook offerings to Southeast Asia

    For more than a decade Rakuten Kobo has been dedicated to its mission to make reading lives better for all; empowering booklovers around the world read anytime, anywhere and on any device. Part of their success as a global tech company has always been tied to the way the company creates engaging, localized experiences for booklovers across 25+ countries and regions. Beginning with North America, E…

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    How Rakuten Mobile’s network performance stacks up against other major city networks around the globe

    In a couple of jam-packed years, Rakuten Mobile has emerged as a standard bearer for the Open RAN ecosystem globally. A pioneer in the adoption of cloud-native, fully virtualized mobile architecture built on open standards, the Japan-based operator is synonymous with next-gen networks. Even as recognition has spread of the benefits of its industry-first approach, from cost efficiency to flexibilit…

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    Rakuten Mobile CEO Tareq Amin looks back on Rakuten Mobile's growth since its full commercial launch two years ago, and looks ahead on the company's future.

    On Rakuten Mobile technology and the future: Two years on from full commercial launch

    Tareq Amin, Chief Executive Officer, Rakuten Mobile As Rakuten Mobile celebrates two years since full scale commercial launch, I would like to look back over the incredible technical achievements of our team over the past two years and how we have laid the ground for our future direction. “At Rakuten, 5G is not an afterthought but a part of the way we have designed our architecture from day…

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    Harvard University physicist Mikhail Lukin spoke at the 2022 Rakuten New Year Seminar about the promise of quantum computing.

    Qubit questions: Understanding quantum computing

    New technologies are often surrounded by promise. That’s certainly true of quantum computers, the next-generation computing tools that are expected to grow to an $8.6 billion USD market by 2027. Scientists believe they could help design lifesaving drug compounds, better investment strategies and faster AI systems. But what exactly are quantum computers, and what can they do? “We are now very much…

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    Rakuten Mobile and Nokia announced that the two companies have successfully demonstrated the first live 1 Tb/s per channel transmission.

    Rakuten Mobile and Nokia achieve 1Tb/s transmission in live network trial

    Rakuten Mobile and Nokia announced that the two companies have demonstrated the first live 1 Tb/s per channel transmission over Rakuten Mobile’s commercial Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexer (DWDM) network, a speed increase of 500% on Rakuten Mobile’s existing network running at 200 Gb/s. The trial took place over two days in January 2022 and connected data centers located 135 km apart in Japan…

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    Boston-based startup QuEra is one of the latest players in the quantum computing race intent on commercializing the technology.

    Quantum computing startup QuEra takes on tough problems

    Back in the 1950s, computers took up entire rooms. They gave birth to PCs, the internet and smartphones. Today, cutting-edge bulky machines are quantum computers — and there’s no telling what unimaginable innovations they will unleash, says Alex Keesling, CEO of QuEra Computing, a Boston-based startup intent on commercializing the technology. Computing the impossible QuEra is a quantum computing s…

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    Rakuten Symphony announced new partnerships, collaborations and Symworld platform at Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2022.

    Rakuten Symphony makes headlines with new collaborations and Symworld at MWC 2022

    Rakuten Group CEO Mickey Mikitani and Rakuten Symphony CEO Tareq Amin on stage at the Rakuten Symphony Telco Transformation Lab at Mobile World Congress 2022 in Barcelona. The mobile industry officially returned to Fira Barcelona Gran Via for MWC Barcelona 2022 last week. The annual event – the world’s largest mobile exhibition – was held this year from February 28 to March 3, bringing together mo…

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    As one of the four original signers of the European Commission’s Product Safety Pledge, Rakuten takes pride in keeping its consumers safe.

    Combating dangerous products: A European e-commerce perspective

    By Stephane Aumont, Head of Merchant Success, Rakuten France At Rakuten, we take pride in keeping our consumers safe. This battle against dangerous products is a priority and we’d like to offer an update on our progress in Europe as we celebrate the recent annual Consumer Summit. Rakuten France was one of the four original signers of the European Commission’s ambitious Product Safety Pledge. We re…

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    Symworld is Rakuten Symphony taking the capabilities initially introduced inside the Rakuten Communications Platform to the global market.

    It’s about time the mobile industry met Symworld

    Tareq Amin, CEO, Rakuten Symphony For too long in telecoms, the time of network operators has been mistreated. For too long they’ve been asked to wait for the benefits of next-gen tech; to imagine a future of unlimited speed, scale and innovation that’s always just out of reach. With today’s announcement of Symworld — a platform to help telecom operators scale at the speed of cloud — we’re saying…

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