In Japan, NEC is currently providing 5G radio units for Rakuten Mobile’s fully virtualized cloud-native mobile network.
The two companies are also jointly developing Rakuten Mobile’s containerized 5G Stand Alone (SA) core network (5GC).
Under the MoU, Rakuten Mobile and NEC will expand upon their domestic collaboration to date to provide 5G and 4G Radios and engineering services for O-RAN systems aligned with O-RAN specifications for global markets, and accelerate the global expansion of the Rakuten Communications Platform (RCP).
Rakuten and NEC are looking to promote O-RAN standards in the global market in order to further boost network scalability and the operational efficiency made possible by virtualization.
RCP, Rakuten Mobile’s fully virtualised and containerised cloud- native mobile network platform, allows telecom companies and enterprises around the world to deploy virtualized networks at high speed and low cost.
NEC is already providing Rakuten Mobile with BSS/OSS, 5G RU and 5G core solutions for its fully virtualized cloud-native O-RAN network.