F5, Rakuten eye 5G rollout with cloud-native mobile network

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F5 Networks has partnered with Rakuten Mobile to support the company’s October launch of the world’s first fully virtualised, cloud-native mobile network and its future deployment of 5G. 

The carrier will leverage F5’s network functions virtualisation (NFV) capabilities to optimise its new mobile network and accelerate its path to 5G services in 2020.

Rakuten Mobile is collaborating with F5 to scale and evolve their cloud-native network design architecture to increase scalability and flexibility without sacrificing control. 

F5’s NFV capabilities and offerings enabled Rakuten Mobile to simplify and optimise service orchestration; ensure application availability, performance, and security; have unmatched freedom and agility in deployment of services and; enable a higher throughput, low-latency network and allow predictable scaling for services.

Rakuten Mobile virtualised architecture is expected to disrupt the telecom industry landscape not only in Japan but also the rest of the world.

“After years of preparing for 5G, we’re seeing progress as service providers like Rakuten begin to implement the infrastructure to make its promise a reality,” said Yuichi Gonda, regional VP at F5 Networks Japan.

Tareq Amin, Rakuten Mobile’s CTO, said their vision is to build a network that innovates at the speed of software and scales at the speed of cloud.