NEW DELHI: Rakuten Mobile and NEC Corporation said the two companies have formed a partnership to build the world’s first 5G open vRAN architecture in Japan, with the former planning to launch next generation of telecom services in June 2020.
“NEC has been selected to be the 5G network equipment provider for Rakuten Mobile’s new and innovative network,” ICT firm NEC in a statement said.
Through the partnership, Rakuten and NEC will jointly develop a 3.7 GHz massive MIMO 5G antenna radio unit (RU), which will be manufactured by NEC at its facilities in Japan.
Telecom company Rakuten is currently building the world’s first fully virtualized, end-to-end cloud-native mobile network which is fully virtualised from radio access network to core and adopts 5G systems architecture from launch.
In April 2019, Rakuten Mobile received approval from the Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications for its 5G special radio station deployment plan and aims to launch 5G services in June 2020.
“We are very excited to partner with a network technology leader such as NEC in building the world’s first 5G open RAN architecture here in Japan,” Tareq Amin, chief technology officer of Rakuten Mobile said.
“NEC is delighted to contribute to Rakuten Mobile’s strategy for building the world’s first fully virtualized, end-to-end cloud-native mobile network,” Atsuo Kawamura, executive vice president and president of the Network Services Business Unit at NEC Corporation said.