On the sideline of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Japan and meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to strengthen Indo-Japan business ties, Indian IT major Tech Mahindra signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Japanese firm Rakuten Mobile Network Inc to set up laboratories in Tokyo and Bengaluru to work on software-defined network for 5G.
In this partnership, while Tech Mahindra will provide network integration capabilities to add value to the lab operations, the Rakuten will market outcoming products as a fully automated 5G ready network in the Japanese market.
“5G has the capability to unlock unprecedented opportunities in every industry vertical and domain. Our collaboration with Rakuten will help us further drive innovation in the 5G space, and enable us to enhance customer experience and lead the transformation in mobile network technology from the forefront,” said CP Gurnani, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Tech Mahindra.
“Rakuten is on the path to launching the most disruptive innovation in the mobile industry to date to consumers in October 2019, delivering unprecedented convenience to users across our ecosystem of over 70 e-commerce, fintech and communications services. As we prepare for this launch, we are very excited to collaborate with Tech Mahindra to launch world-class labs in Tokyo and Bengaluru that will contribute to creation of the next generation of mobile broadband, enabled by 5G, and the transformation of industries across the globe,” said Mickey Mikitani, Chairman, President and CEO, Rakuten.