Telefonica partners with Japan's Rakuten to develop open 5G network


By Supantha Mukherjee and Isla Binnie
STOCKHOLM/MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s Telefonica has signed a pact with Japan’s Rakuten to develop a 5G radio network system that uses an open platform and artificial intelligence, the companies said on Wednesday.
The Japanese firm has become the first mobile operator to deploy a network based on a technology called Open Radio Access Network (RAN) that uses software to run network functions on the cloud, which requires less physical equipment.
Rakuten plans to launch 5G services in Japan later this month, Rakuten Mobile’s Chief Technology Officer Tareq Amin said on a call with journalists, after it was forced to delay the introduction by months due to disruption from the coronavirus outbreak.
The technology promises to radically cut costs for telecom operators as it uses cloud-based …

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