Rakuten Mobile signs up to Telecom Infra Project

14 Nov 2019

Japan’s new fourth mobile network operator (MNO) Rakuten Mobile has reportedly joined the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) and will collaborate on the sharing of ‘4G and 5G and reference designs for disaggregated solutions to the TIP ecosystem’. TIP was formed in 2016 as an engineering-focused, collaborative methodology for building and deploying global telecom network infrastructure, with the goal of enabling global access for all. By joining the project, Rakuten Mobile – the world’s first end-to-end fully virtualised, cloud-native mobile network – will participate in the OpenRAN and OpenRAN 5G NR project groups to drive innovation for the TIP community, press reports say, noting that these initiatives are ‘designed to support the rapid development and deployment of far more efficient and cost-effective 4G and 5G mobile network infrastructure’.

Attilio Zani, Executive Director TIP, welcomed Rakuten Mobile’s decision saying: ‘We look forward to collaborating on 4G and 5G market-ready solutions with Rakuten to make telecom networks far more open and efficient.’

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