Rakuten Mobile driving world-first disruptive innovation
Project members who participated in the data transmission trial for the world's first fully virtualized cloud-native mobile network held on February 3, 2019
Changing the game in the telecommunications industry in ways only an IT company can
Rakuten Mobile, Inc. launched services in October 2019 as Japan's fourth mobile network operator (MNO). Ahead of this launch, the company built and successfully tested the world's first end-to-end fully virtualized cloud-native mobile network in February 2019. As the nation's fourth carrier, the company is making daily progress with the development of its own mobile network. This article takes a closer look at innovations in the telecommunications industry spearheaded by Rakuten Mobile's engineers, the impacts they will have around the world, and future possibilities, based on interviews with Rakuten Mobile's engineers. It also highlights the workplace environment where they are leading disruptive innovation.
Building an innovative mobile network faster than ever before
Part of the 5G trial conducted at Rakuten Seimei Park Miyagi (trial of user authentication technology using a drone)
An unprecedented undertaking that attracted the world's top engineering talent
Rakuten Cloud Innovation Laboratory, a next-generation network testing facility
Part of an antenna owned and operated by Rakuten Mobile
Becoming a member of a once-in-a-lifetime project team for setting up a new carrier business in Japan
Newly entering the MNO business carries great meaning for the Rakuten Group, which offers more than 70 services. This is because today, when many services such as Internet shopping and in-app purchases can be offered on smartphones, Rakuten Mobile's MNO business could serve as the gateway to Rakuten's many services. The chance to set up a new mobile carrier business, by combining cutting edge technologies from telecommunications and IT, and feel that sense of accomplishment, represented a valuable experience only possible at Rakuten Mobile. Even after this project, there will always be ample opportunities for engineers to share their ideas and technical prowess in the ongoing launch of new services.
Moreover, Rakuten Mobile is working steadily toward a number of milestones ahead of the launch of 5G services in June 2020, which will offer engineering talent valuable experience and a sense of accomplishment. Rakuten Mobile is committed to developing unprecedented services by quickly implementing the PDCA cycle to become a leader in innovations taking place in the telecommunications industry around the world. Rakuten Mobile is the place to be for engineers who want to work alongside some of the best in the industry to develop innovative services.