Etisalat Group partners with Japan’s Rakuten Mobile to improve 5G network development in MENA

Etisalat has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Rakuten Mobile to blueprint technology that will accelerate the telecom provider’s 5G network development and provide more cost-effective services.

Rakuten Mobile said the two companies will develop a reference blueprint for mobile broadband networks and Open RAN technology, based on the Rakuten Communications Platform (RCP), according to a statement from Rakuten Mobile.  

The statement said, “They aim to jointly develop a reference design for a new generation of mobile networks for Etisalat customers across the Middle East, Africa and Asia based on open standards and a cloud-native, software centric and fully virtualised/containerised platform with intelligent and secure operations.”

The CTO of Etisalat International, Hatem Bamatraf, declared, “This is a unique opportunity for Etisalat and Rakuten Mobile to co-explore and further develop next generation mobile networks based on RCP that will allow Etisalat to leverage a cost-effective, cloud-native, Open RAN based mobile network architecture that is secure, scalable and reliable.”