Almost as soon as Rakuten Mobile launched its fully-virtualized network, the benefits of the new cloud native operating model were apparent. Operating costs are significantly lower than traditional network operators, and the pace of software delivery is rising exponentially, thanks to Rakuten Mobile’s world class automation practices.
Rakuten Mobile’s CI/CD platform, powered by Accenture, enables automated build, test, security and deployment functionality for Rakuten Mobile’s engineering teams. The platform allows unparalleled speed and quality for the teams it supports, making it possible for Rakuten Mobile to innovate rapidly and consistently. Rakuten Mobile’s operational savings are passed directly to customers, so that Rakuten Mobile’s pricing is significantly less than normally paid by customers for comparable tariffs in Japan.
It’s clearly an offer that customers find attractive. Just a couple of months after its commercial launch, the Rakuten Mobile network saw significantly increased data traffic compared to a typical operator, with subscriber numbers rising fast. For Rakuten Mobile, this confirms consumers’ desire for its services and bolsters its future ambitions to enable affordable and reliable communications on a global basis.
But Rakuten Mobile is never afraid to continue innovating. It aims to be the master of its own destiny, dictating the pace of innovation and teaming up with partners like Accenture to achieve its lofty ambitions.
Looking into the future, Accenture is working with Rakuten Mobile as their partner on the Rakuten Communications Platform (RCP), a telecommunications-as-a-service offering that’s leading the industry. RCP is a truly cloud-native 5G platform, drawing on Rakuten Mobile’s engineering pedigree and Accenture’s architecture and implementation experience to usher in the new era of computing and telecommunications convergence.
1 For a large scale commercial mobile network (as of October 1, 2019). Research: Stella Associa