Rakuten Mobile, NEC Begin Production of Open RAN 5G Radio Equipment

Rakuten Mobile, Inc. and NEC Corporation have announced that production of the 5th generation mobile communications system (5G) radio unit (RU) jointly developed by the two companies has started at NEC Platforms, Ltd.´s Fukushima Plant, and the first unit has been shipped., the company said

The new domestically produced, high quality 5G RU is equipped with a 3.7 GHz frequency band massive MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output) antenna in a compact, lightweight form factor with low power consumption. With the 5G RU, Rakuten Mobile will begin the buildout of its 5G network, starting with the construction of base stations in the Tokyo area*1, and work toward the launch of 5G commercial services in June 2020.

Rakuten Mobile is building the world´s first end-to-end fully virtualized cloud native network*2, and in October 2019 in Japan successfully implemented the world´s first open, virtualized, distributed radio access network (OpenRAN). In addition, Rakuten Mobile and NEC are also closely collaborating on BSS and OSS solutions for Rakuten Mobile´s 4G network operations.