Posts tagged with: Rakuten

Rakuten CTO: We’re done with secrets

With a newly created entity Symphony what’s next for Rakuten and open RAN? According to CTO Tareq Amin, having already quelled much of the earlier uncertainty and doubts around the technology, the next phase of growth is around simple things....

Rakuten Mobile shows high-speed processing in 5G core trial with NEC, Intel

Rakuten Mobile achieved high-speed processing for containerized user plane function (UPF) in a standalone 5G core lab trial, with partners NEC and Intel. In a disaggregated 5G network architecture, the control plane and user plane can be decoupled, enabling independent...

AST’s satellite service connects directly to cell phones on carriers’ networks

Rakuten Mobile has pledged to serve 100% of the Japanese population with its wireless service. But the company has come up against the stark reality that mobile operators in the U.S. have faced for years: It’s a lot more expensive to...

NEC opens facilities in three regions for 5G transport services

NEC is opening facilities in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Latin America to support next-generation transport services, including multi-vendor, for mobile operators. The Centers of Excellence (CoE) focus on 5G xHaul, with partners from the open ecosystem contributing....

Marek’s Take: Will Dish’s 5G wireless gamble pay off?

There is a growing divide in the wireless industry — on one side are those that believe that Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen’s business acumen and his desire to build a greenfield cloud-native 5G network will make the company’s yet-to-launch 5G...

Open RAN revenue skyrockets in Q1, tipped to double in 2021

Two new open RAN reports issued this week showed revenue from sales of compatible hardware and software skyrocketed in Q1 2021 and predicted the technology could provide a significant boost to global GDP by 2030. Dell’Oro Group VP and analyst...

Rakuten Mobile losses rise to $887 million in Q1

Rakuten Mobile saw operating costs rise higher in the first quarter as the carrier aims to cover 96% of Japan’s population with service by this summer. April marked the one-year anniversary of Rakuten Mobile’s 4G LTE network launch, which touts...

Rakuten Mobile hits 1.77 Gbps on mmWave network in Japan

Rakuten Mobile achieved 1.77 Gbps throughput in a recent test on its millimeter wave network in Japan. Altiostar touted performance and automation capabilities of the virtualized cloud-native 5G network, which launched in September using the vendor’s Open vRAN software. Rakuten...

Ligado to trial Rakuten’s RCP for 5G private networks

Ligado Networks plans to take the Rakuten Communications Platform (RCP) for a spin, agreeing to co-develop a 5G mobile private network solution for enterprises using Rakuten’s open RAN approach and Ligado’s licensed L-band spectrum. Rakuten and Ligado signed a Memorandum...

Rakuten Mobile reports losses, increases capex estimate

Rakuten Mobile reported that 2.5 million people have applied for its offer of one year of free mobile service. The company has extended this offer to up to 3 million people, but it seems to be having a hard time...
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