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Rakuten Mobile, NEC partner to build 5G open VRAN architecture

June 10, 2019


Japanese carrier Rakuten Mobile and compatriot company NEC announced that they have formed a partnership to build what it claims to be the world’s first 5G open vRAN architecture in Japan.

NEC has been selected to be the network equipment provider for Rakuten Mobile’s new 5G network in the Asian nation.

Through the partnership, Rakuten and NEC will jointly develop a 3.7 GHz massive MIMO 5G antenna radio unit (RU), which will be manufactured by NEC at its facilities in Japan.

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