Rakuten Mobile, Telefonica Team for OpenRAN in 5G
September 17, 2020
Rakuten Mobile, and Telefónica signed of a Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) to cooperate on a shared vision to advance
OpenRAN, 5G Core and OSS (operations support systems).
"We're excited to collaborate with Telefónica on this shared
vision of advancing OpenRAN," said Tareq Amin, Representative
Director, Executive Vice President and CTO of Rakuten Mobile. "I
envision our partnership to also co-explore further development
around Rakuten Communications Platform that will enable
operators around the world to take advantage of cost-effective
cloud-native mobile network architecture that is secure and
Enrique Blanco, Chief Technology & Information Officer (CTIO) at
Telefónica, said: “Telefónica strongly believes that networks
are evolving towards end-to-end virtualisation through an open
architecture, and OpenRAN is a key piece of the whole picture.
Beyond the flexibility and simplicity that OpenRAN will provide,
it will change the supplier ecosystem and revolutionise the
current 5G industry in the medium and long term. At the same
time, open and virtualised networks will lead to a new telco
operating model. Telefonica and Rakuten Mobile have signed this
MoU to work towards evaluating and demonstrating the capability
and feasibility of OpenRAN architectures and make them a
Under the terms of the MoU, Rakuten Mobile and Telefónica
plan to collaborate on the following:
To research and conduct lab tests and trials to support
OpenRAN architectures, including the role of the AI (Artificial
Intelligence) in the RAN Networks.
To jointly develop proposals for optimal 5G RAN architecture and
OpenRAN models as part of industry efforts to achieve quicker
time to market, new price-points, and the benefits of
To collaborate in building an open and cost-effective 5G
ecosystem, based on open interfaces, that will help accelerate
the maturity of 5G with global roaming.
To develop a joint procurement scheme of OpenRAN Hardware and
Software that will help increase volumes and reach economies of
scale, including CUs, DUs, RRUs, and other necessary network
equipment and/or software components.
In addition, the companies will also jointly work on 4G/5G
Core and OSS technology utilized by Rakuten Mobile in Japan and
its Rakuten Communications Platform.