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Rakuten buys OSS company to advance cloud-native blueprint vision


Rakuten Mobile has announced plans to acquire one of its suppliers, US-based OSS specialist Innoeye.

Rakuten is already using Innoeye’s converged OSS solution to support the 4G/5G cloud platform for its cloud-native mobile network in Japan, which launched in April.

The technology will also be part of the Rakuten Communications Platform (RCP), which Rakuten Mobile pitches as a “blueprint” to help telecom companies and enterprises build and deploy cloud-native network services.

It will include all the elements of the Rakuten Mobile network, including telco applications and software, OSS and BSS systems as well as edge computing and virtual network management functions. Customers will be able to tailor the platform to their local requirements., via an app-store-like interface.

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“Since we first envisioned the launch of Rakuten Mobile two years ago, we have also planned to bring to market our own expertise and technology stack as a unique service that will enable operators around the world to deploy fully cloud-native telco networks of the future,” said Tareq Amin, Representative Director, Executive Vice President and CTO of Rakuten Mobile (pictured).

He added,“With the planned acquisition of Innoeye, we are one step closer to closing the circle in bringing to market a carrier-grade telco cloud product that is as simple as click, purchase and deploy.”

“Innoeye is delighted by the opportunity to become part of the Rakuten Mobile family,” said Rajeev Gupta, CEO of Innoeye. “Joining hands with Rakuten Mobile will provide us with unique ability to contribute towards this large industry movement and create a highly innovative cloud-based communication platform that is open, scalable and highly secure.

Rakuten Communications Platform will disrupt the industry and pave the way for the next level of innovation. We look forward to being a part of this journey.”