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Rakuten pioneers cloud-native mobile networking

27 May 2020 | Research

Caroline Gabriel Roberto Kompany Rémy Pascal

Case study | PPTX and PDF (8 slides) | Next-Generation Wireless Networks

"Rakuten Mobile’s network is groundbreaking, but return on investment will still be challenging."

Many operators aim to migrate to cloud-native platforms, often in parallel with a 5G deployment, but only one has achieved this in a fully commercial network so far. Rakuten Mobile in Japan has undergone a challenging roll-out to seize an early-mover advantage with its open, multi-vendor, container-based 4G/5G network.

This case study provides:

  • detailed analysis of the commercial drivers behind Rakuten Mobile’s ambitious network deployment
  • a quantification of the costs, overheads and targeted revenue of the cloud-native approach
  • an assessment of how far the new architecture will improve Rakuten’s competitive position in Japan, and the lessons for operators in other countries.


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