Rakuten selects Red Hat’s tech for new mobile network

Juan Pedro Tomás | March 04, 2019

Rakuten selects Red Hat’s tech for new mobile network
Rakuten aims to implement an end-to-end cloud-native network to provide differentiated services to its mobile subscribersRed Hat announced that its open source technologies will be used by Japan’s Rakuten Mobile Network as it launches its new mobile network In Japan.The U.S. company said that the fully virtualized, end-to-end cloud-native network will allow Rakuten Mobile Network to respond to customer needs in an agile way and provide differentiated offerings from legacy mobile vendors, as well as better prepare the Japanese carrier to meet the future demands of 5G technologies. Rakuten has announced a number of vendor deals in the past week, ranging from Nokia’s internet of things platform to the use of Cisco’s solutions in its virtualized network, including hardware for routing and switching. Red Hat said that the technologies to be used by the Japanese company include Red Hat Enterprise Linux; Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat Ceph Storage. Via a cloud-based approach to mobile services, Red Hat said that Rakuten’s mobile network be able to offer a range of consumer and commercial services, including consumer mobile broadband, 5G radio access, narrowband IoT, rich media like streaming video as well as augmented and virtual reality.

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