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KDDI's Open RAN network now includes MU-MIMO

to build 5G network infrastructure.” If all goes well in Osaka, KDDI and its partners aim to commence a full-scale deployment of Open vRAN sites next year. KDDI’s enthusiasm for...


For some applications, one network slice is never enough

said a joint statement from KDDI and Sony, with the companies insisting that the result was smoother gameplay. “This significant achievement with KDDI, an important customer of ours, and Sony,...



Rakuten Mobile loses close to $1 billion in Q3

...on that aforementioned network rollout, which, while expensive in itself, will help the firm reduce its – also costly – reliance on its roaming deal with KDDI. “In line with...


Samsung and Ciena announce 5G love-in

...fair to Samsung though, helped in part by Huawei’s departure from various 5G markets, it’s doing a fine job of snaring 5G contracts all by itself. Vodafone UK, KDDI, NTT...

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Rakuten Mobile buys into the towers business

...Mobile is also introducing something new to Japan – competition. The telco launched mobile services to rival those of NTT DoCoMo, KDDI and SoftBank – who had the market sewn...


KDDI to use Starlink for mobile backhaul

KDDI has contracted Starlink to provide satellite-based backhaul for mobile base station sites to remote areas. Under the terms of the deal, the satellite company will hook up 1,200 remote...



Rakuten Mobile loss almost doubled in Q2

...extended to the end of the year. In financial terms this means Rakuten Mobile would need to extend the roaming payment (to KDDI) for its customers in areas its own...

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KDDI and Softbank cosy up with shared 5G RAN

KDDI and Softbank are using shared RAN equipment to help them reduce the cost and increase the speed of their 5G network deployment. The pair are deploying a Multi-Operator Radio...



Rakuten decides to compete on price, again

...four operators. This is an intensification of Rakuten Mobile’s attack strategy to challenge the other three incumbents (NTT DoCoMo, KDDI, and Softbank) with lower prices and more flexible contract terms....


Ericsson tiptoes towards OpenRAN with new Open Lab

...networks,” said Toshikazu Yokai, Chief Director of Mobile Technology at KDDI “In the Open RAN journey, interoperability, cloudification and automation are key topics for Orange,” said Arnaud Vamparys, SVP of...


CSPs’ next big opportunities: Reading the signals

...enjoying Halloween outdoors, CSP KDDI collaborated with partners to create an AR twin of the popular Shibuya district for subscribers to roam around from the safety of their homes.[5] Through...


5G lessons from Asia

...globally. While operators globally have launched 5G services, most 5G standalone (SA) deployments have taken place in Asia. The likes of China Mobile, KDDI SK Telecom and Softbank have gone...


Qualcomm moves into the RAN business

...AT&T, BTEE, DT, KDDI, KT, LG Uplus, NTT Docomo, Rakuten Mobile, Reliance Jio, SK Telecom, Softbank, Telefónica, TIM, Verizon and Vodafone. It should be stressed that Qualcomm hasn’t suddenly decided...

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