Intel Tech Will Power Rakuten’s Mobile Network
Intel announced it will provide technology to internet services provider Rakuten for a new cloud-native network. It will be fully virtualized from radio access network to core and will adopt an innovative 5G systems architecture from its launch. The network is significant as it will offer end-to-end automation for both network and services.
The architecture will use Xeon processors and FPGA-based accelerators that allow Rakuten greater agility and flexibility, and the ability to scale outside Japan and to offer services at a lower cost to consumers. The launch of commercial services, planned for October, will leverage an innovative architecture that is set to disrupt not only the telecom industry landscape in Japan but also across the rest of the world.
“Rakuten, already a leader in e-commerce and fintech markets has now built a mobile network from the ground up that runs on Intel Xeon Scalable processors and uses Intel FPGAs for acceleration. This end-to-end cloud-native, automated network is innovative in its approach, and will allow Rakuten to rapidly scale mobile services on an agile, software-defined network,” said Sandra Rivera, Intel senior vice president, Network Platforms Group.
Rakuten is also adopting multi-access edge computing with Intel to extend its network, putting server-like devices closer to the network edge. Placement at the network edge means faster speeds and almost no latency in applications and rich media content. Rakuten is looking to deliver even more new communications and data-rich services with the network that will help its existing users of e-commerce, fintech, digital content and communications.
“Intel powers the backbone of our network. We believe this full end-to-end virtualized network will help us to shift away from reliance on dedicated hardware and legacy infrastructure,” said Tareq Amin, chief technology officer, Rakuten Mobile Network. “This is a win for customers, too. We will be able to reach new cloud-like operational efficiency, and that passes on cost-savings to our customers as well.”