Rakuten Partners Nokia for Its First 5G Cloud-Native Mobile Network

Posted Mar 24, 2020 by Nokia

Japanese telecom giant, Rakuten Mobile, has selected Nokia’s 1830 Photonics Service Switch to power its re-configurable photonic mesh mobile backhaul network. Rakuten, the latest entrant in the Japanese telecom industry, is set to launch the world’s first end-to-end fully virtualized cloud-native 5G mobile network. The deployment of Nokia’s cutting-edge coherent and optical component technologies will enable Rakuten to easily and flexibly grow its network bandwidth for the rapid rollout of 4G and 5G services.

The mobile network will be built upon a nationwide optical infrastructure covering all 47 prefectures throughout Japan and supporting backhaul and data center interconnect (DCI) applications. Nokia’s wavelength routing technology will be used in both the long-haul and metro optical networks, creating a photonic mesh – the first of its kind for a mobile backhaul network. This will enable Rakuten Mobile to support surging mobile data traffic and a new generation of innovative customer services.

Nokia’s platforms are specifically engineered for the space and power constraints of mobile backhaul and edge computing networks, making them ideally suited to provide transport for Rakuten Mobile’s planned edge data centers. Rakuten Mobile’s backbone network will be optimized for maximum capacity and lowest cost per bit with Nokia’s industry leading Photonic Service Engine 3 (PSE-3) super coherent chipset and C+L Ultra-Wideband wavelength routing.

Nokia and Rakuten had previously announced that they are working together to enable the operator’s implementation of a fully automated operations environment for the 5G era. Nokia will operate Rakuten Mobile’s virtualized core network to manage total cost of ownership.