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Lessons Learned From Rakuten’s Fully Virtualized and Cloud-Native 4G Network

Published: 26 February 2020

ID: G00439858

Analyst(s): Kosei Takiishi


Rakuten is launching a 4G network in Japan in a radical manner that incumbent CSPs cannot easily adopt. This research helps product leaders in CSPs monitor Rakuten to seek the timing of new technology adoptions and operational efficiency improvement.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • Rakuten Differentiates by Adopting State-of-the-Art Techniques and by Not Selecting Major Governing Vendors for Its 4G, 5G Networks
    • 5G-Ready Network With Cloud-Native, Virtualization and Edge Computing
    • Operational Efficiency and Agile New Features/Services by Rakuten Cloud Innovation Laboratory
  • Rakuten Aims to Reduce Capex and Opex by Taking Advantage of Its Status as a New Greenfield CSP
    • Capex Reduction
    • Opex Reduction
  • Rakuten’s Commercial Launch of 4G Service Delayed by Six Months Due to Various Difficulties

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