Tech & Innovation

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    Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger and Rakuten's Chairman & CEO Mickey Mikitani discuss how "Technology Superpowers are Driving the Digitalization of Everything."

    A new kind of connectivity: Intel CEO on why Rakuten Mobile is a template for other operators

    The Rakuten Mobile network in Japan is a window into the future of connectivity according to Pat Gelsinger, CEO of Intel. The leader of one of the world’s largest chip companies — and a Rakuten Mobile technology partner — compared the “industry shaping” significance of Rakuten’s innovative mobile network to the advent of cloud environments 20 years ago. We’ve cracked it open, … we’re g…

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    Rakuten Optimism 2021: "How 5G Will Empower the Future" featuring Qualcomm Incorporated CEO Cristiano Amon and Rakuten Group CEO Mickey Mikitani

    Gazing into the 5G future – the view from the bridge

    CEOs of Rakuten Group and Qualcomm Incorporated discuss how advanced mobile connectivity will change the world. You ain’t seen nothing yet. So says Cristiano Amon, CEO of leading wireless technology company Qualcomm Incorporated, about the transformative potential of 5G and artificial intelligence. “All of a sudden, you have real-time data and contextual information from everything. We will see th…

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    Abel Avellan explores how AST SpaceMobile and Rakuten are collaborating to transform mobile communications and reduce digital inequality

    From space to your smartphone: AST SpaceMobile’s mission to help connect billions to cellular broadband

    Abel Avellan Chairman, founder and Chief Executive Officer, AST SpaceMobile At AST SpaceMobile, we don’t just believe in a brighter future, we are working hard to deliver one — to as many people as possible — from space. It’s a topic I look forward to discussing with Rakuten Mobile’s Nobuyuki Uchida at Rakuten Optimism 2021 on October 13. The session, titled Connecting the Unconnected:…

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    Rakuten Mobile has racked up more awards for its world-first mobile network – this time for its 5G download and upload speed, among other categories.

    Opensignal 5G Global Awards: Rakuten Mobile’s 5G Network Speed Ranks High Among Global Operators

    Just months after receiving two of the mobile industry’s top five global awards at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and scoring 920 points out of 1,000 for its network in Tokyo in a report by independent analyst company umlaut, Rakuten Mobile has racked up more awards for its world-first mobile network – this time for its speeds in 5G. Rakuten recognized for remarkable 5G speed results Announced…

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    Rakuten Mobile’s smallest smartphone has received big praise from both users and industry experts, recently winning the prestigious Red Dot Design Award.

    Rakuten Mini receives Red Dot Design Award

    Rakuten Mobile’s smallest smartphone has received big praise from both users and industry experts since launching in October 2019. Now, the Rakuten Mini can add Red Dot Design Award-winner to its list of accomplishments. What is the Red Dot Award? The Red Dot Award is an international design award presented by Germany’s Red Dot GmbH & Co. KG. Among many categories, the Product Division establi…

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    Rakuten launches Rakuten Symphony to accelerate global adoption of cloud-native, Open RAN-based mobile networks.

    Accelerating global adoption of cloud-native, Open RAN-based mobile networks with Rakuten Symphony

    Rakuten Symphony is a new business organization created to empower the global adoption of cloud-native open RAN infrastructure and services — including RCP — by mobile network operators, enterprises and government bodies. Rakuten Symphony’s vision is to provide a future-proven, cost-effective cloud connectivity platform. “With Rakuten Symphony, we’re bringing together our global resources to take…

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    Rakuten’s Drone and UGV team has teamed up with legendary Japanese carmaker Honda to run a trial robot delivery on the campus of the Ibaraki-based uni.

    Honda and Rakuten collaborate on campus robot delivery trial

    This summer, Japan’s University of Tsukuba is welcoming an exciting new guest to their campus: a delivery robot. Rakuten’s Drone UGV team has teamed up with Honda to run a trial robot delivery on the campus of the Ibaraki-based uni. The vehicle was developed by Honda, with the delivery boxes and systems provided by Rakuten. A short trip north from Tokyo, Tsukuba University is situated on one…

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    Rakuten Mobile successfully verified data transfer on a 5G standalone mobile network with collaboration from Tokyo Institute of Technology.

    True 5G is just around the corner: Tokyo Tech and Rakuten Mobile

    After years of exciting headlines, “true 5G” may finally be upon us. On July 4, Rakuten Mobile successfully verified data transfer on a 5G standalone (5G SA) mobile network with collaboration from Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), on the grounds of the university’s Ookayama campus in southern Tokyo. “Standalone” 5G: What’s the big deal? The imminent age of 5G has been heralded in industr…

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    To discover and delve deeper into new applications for 5G, Rakuten Mobile has announced partnerships with three leading institutions in Japan.

    Discovering new applications for 5G and beyond with Japan’s leading universities

    What does a new student on campus today think of when they hear 5G? Perhaps better online gaming or movie streaming, or maybe better connectivity for calling home or ordering food delivery? Could it be that they dream of remote learning without buffering? To discover and delve deeper into new applications for 5G, Rakuten Mobile has announced partnerships with three leading institutions in Japan: T…

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