Rakuten is going to launch a fully virtualised 4G network in October this year and a 5G network in 2020. The network is expected to be more flexible, easier to maintain and upgrade.
Building a totally new type of mobile network is very challenging but could enable lower cost and capital spending. Rakuten’s mobile network will require half the investment of traditional telcos just to build the 4G part of the network. About 70 to 80% reduction in investment could be achieved when taking into account 5G investment.
How far the new concept will enable this new entrant in the Japanese mobile arena to disrupt the market?
1. Executive Summary
2.2. What’s new in the Rakuten approach?
2.3. The Rakuten Mobile Network is world’s first cloud-native platform
2.4. Virtualisation of the RAN (Radio Access Network)
2.5. Cloud-native core: a multivendor affair between Cisco and Nokia
3.2. Deal with KDDI
3.3. Expected impact on the Japanese market
4.2. SWOT analysis
5.2. Altiostar Networks
5.3. Enabling Rakuten Cloud Platform with Cisco NFVI and Orchestration Solutions
- Rakuten network architecture
- RAN architecture
- Simplified deployment
- Rakuten’s roadmap
- Rakuten deal with KDDI
- MVNO market shares, 1H FY2019
- MNO market shares, December 2018
- Rakuten’s leading partners
- vRAN software
- Transport configurations
- Rakuten’s mobile network architecture