Rakuten Symphony boss wants to share his secret sauce

LIVE FROM MWC21 LOS ANGELES: CTO Rakuten Mobile Tareq Amin (on the picture) insisted the company unlock its software infrastructure model outside of Japan and enable disruption globally, as the recently launched Symphony unit by the Rakuten Group introduced a distributed RAN and configuration of transport.

Appearing on stage, Amin spoke about Rakuten Mobile’s four-year journey, in which it rocked the Japanese market by becoming the country’s fourth major player, offering 5G services on an open RAN network architecture based on software cloud. .

To expand internationally, the group launched Rakuten Symphony in early August to oversee a global push to deliver cloud-native open RAN infrastructure and services, enabling other operators and the entire industry to replicate. what he did in Japan.

Amin, who is also CEO of Rakuten Symphony, said it would have been “really shameful” to keep what he did in Japan “locked up as a secret sauce”.

“We have a great opportunity to disrupt this industry, we have a great opportunity to really connect everything and bring better value to the company as a whole and Rakuten Symphony is the platform idea for the entire software technology stack. that we built in Japan. We wanted to take four years of courses and integrate them into solutions that provide immediate benefits to our customers and the telecommunications industry.

Symphonic thrust
Amin announced a partnership with Intel and Juniper Networks to introduce Symware, a carrier-grade open RAN product designed for mobile operators to modernize cellular sites using cloud native architecture.

In a press release, Rakuten Symphony explained that the system would give operators the flexibility to densify networks, accommodate various topologies, and offer new functionality while reducing the hardware required per site.

Rakuten Symphony believes the solution will help reduce total cost of ownership, accelerate RAN innovation, and deliver greater agility, intelligent security and new levels of automation.

An acquisition from file transfer specialist Estmob revealed earlier this week has been touted as helping accelerate product development for Rakuten Symphony.

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