Tech Mahindra has entered into a collaborative agreement with Rakuten Mobile Network in an effort to establish a next-generation (4G and 5G) software-defined network laboratories in Tokyo and Bengaluru.
“5G has the capability to unlock unprecedented opportunities in every industry vertical and domain,” said CP Gurnani, managing director and CEO of Tech Mahindra.
“Our collaboration with Rakuten will help us further drive innovation in the 5G space, and enable us to enhance customer experience and lead the transformation in mobile network technology from the forefront.”
The collaboration between these two entities aims to bring about a transformation in mobile network technology and enhance the customer experience in Japan.
The announcement came as India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Japan in a bid to strengthen Indo-Japan business ties.
“Rakuten is on the path to launching the most disruptive innovation in the mobile industry to date to consumers in October 2019, delivering unprecedented convenience to users across our ecosystem of over 70 e-commerce, fintech and communications services,” said Mickey Mikitani, chairman, president and CEO of Rakuten.
“As we prepare for this launch, we are very excited to collaborate with Tech Mahindra to launch world-class labs in Tokyo and Bengaluru that will contribute to the creation of the next generation of mobile broadband, enabled by 5G, and the transformation of industries across the globe."
A 5G ready network lab is set to launch through this collaboration, benefiting from Tech Mahindra capabilities in the 5G domain - mobile networks, IT, Cloud and Enterprise Applications with Rakuten’s vision to create a resilient fully automated 5G ready network in Japan and beyond.
The labs in Tokyo and Bengaluru will focus on fostering innovation in the telecom space, with Tech Mahindra playing a leading role in providing network integration capabilities to add value to the lab operations.
Tech Mahindra has a deep focus on 5G technology and is currently engaged with multiple service providers globally on their network transformation journey.