Telefónica, S.A. and Rakuten Mobile, Inc. reported the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to work on a shared vision to advance OpenRAN, 5G Core and operations support systems. The companies plan to research and conduct lab test and trials to support OpenRAN architectures that include the role of artificial intelligence in the RAN networks. The companies will jointly work on 4/G/5G core and OSS technology utilized by Rakuten Mobile in Japan and its Rakuten Communications Platform.
“We’re excited to collaborate with Telefónica on this shared vision of advancing OpenRAN,” said Tareq Amin, Representative Director, Executive Vice President and CTO of Rakuten Mobile. “I envision our partnership to also co-explore further development around Rakuten Communications Platform that will enable operators around the world to take advantage of cost-effective cloud-native mobile network architecture that is secure and reliable.”
Enrique Blanco, Chief Technology & Information Officer (CTIO) at Telefónica, said: “Telefónica strongly believes that networks are evolving towards end-to-end virtualisation through an open architecture, and OpenRAN is a key piece of the whole picture. Beyond the flexibility and simplicity that OpenRAN will provide, it will change the supplier ecosystem and revolutionise the current 5G industry in the medium and long term. At the same time, open and virtualised networks will lead to a new telco operating model. Telefonica and Rakuten Mobile have signed this MoU to work towards evaluating and demonstrating the capability and feasibility of OpenRAN architectures and make them a reality.”