“Tech Mahindra, an Indian IT service provider, and Rakuten Mobile, a mobile communications company in Japan, are working together to build and deploy Rakuten Communications (RCP) solutions for global customers.
Tech Mahindra has also sold its investment in Delaware-based Altiostar for US$45 million to Rakutan.
Through this agreement, Tech Mahindra will be the preferred partner for RCP, where the former will provide technology and software capabilities to support development and deployment of mobile networks for global customers of RCP. The company will also provide managed IT, security and network services.
RCP was developed by Rakuten Mobile and is based in Japan on its next generation mobile network that incorporates the latest virtualization and automation technology. It is cloud-native and helps telecoms and businesses to build stable and open mobile networks at low cost and speed.
Mr Mickey Mikitani, Chairman, President and CEO, Rakuten, Inc said, “With groundbreaking technology and the launch of our world-first fully virtualized mobile network in Japan, we are redefining the delivery of mobile services. With a common vision for digital transformation of the telecommunications industry, I am very excited about the potential this partnership with Tech Mahindra must bring more agile, responsive and efficient services to customers around the world”.
Tech Mahindra also said it had sold its interest in the Altiostar virtualized RAN technology firm to Rakuten, where the two firms had previously invested. Tech Mahindra partnered with Rakuten earlier this year to introduce a 4 G network identified by cloud-native apps in Japan.
Mr CP Gurnani, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Tech Mahindra, stated, “This first of its kind collaboration with Rakuten Mobile not only strengthens our existing partnership with them, but will also enable us to drive innovation in the telecom space, provide enhanced customer experience and lead the transformation in mobile network technology from the forefront”.
Tech Mahindra and Rakuten Mobile will use their collaboration to build and deploy RCP-based virtualized mobile networks to change the telecommunication landscape. RCP covers all aspects of the Rakuten Mobile network, including multi-vendor telco apps and applications, OSS and BSS, edge computing, and virtual network management functionality.
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