Mavenir’s NFV-Based RCS Solution Selected by Rakuten for Next-Generation Voice and Messaging

New Service Innovation Part of Building the World’s First End-to-End
Fully Virtualized Cloud-native Network

TOKYO & RICHARDSON, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Mavenir,
a leader in accelerating software network transformation and
transforming mobile network economics for communications service
providers (CSPs), has been selected by Rakuten,
Inc
., a global leader in internet services and soon to be operator
of Japan’s newest and most innovative mobile network, for its voice and
messaging systems to provide its subscribers with powerful, flexible,
agile and cost-effective next-generation services.


The deployment will include Mavenir’s 5G ready platform that monetizes
voice and messaging in a single application for least-cost roaming,
integration to Rakuten ID single sign-on, that is completely cloud-based
with full NFV deployed on the Rakuten Cloud Platform. Mavenir’s fully
virtualized RCS AS and Client will enable Rakuten to launch new
innovative services quickly for enterprises and subscribers.

“As Rakuten works to build the world’s first end-to-end cloud-native
mobile network, partnering on development of next-generation voice and
messaging services with Mavenir takes us one step closer to launch of a
network without parallel,” said Rakuten Mobile Network CTO Tareq Amin.
“Driving disruptive innovation like this in the telecommunications
sector will position us to provide our subscribers in Japan with
flexible, stable and competitive services.”

“As a leading messaging vendor for RCS services worldwide, Mavenir is in
a unique position to make RCS successful and cost effective for Rakuten.
Our virtualized, cloud-based RCS solution enables us to help Rakuten
quickly and easily provide voice and messaging infrastructure as they
prepare for their network launch later this year,” said Pardeep Kohli,
President and CEO of Mavenir. “This selection underscores our ability to
partner with innovative operators to deliver best-in-class software
solutions in multi-vendor environments.”

By utilizing Mavenir’s RCS solution, Rakuten will be able to provide its
subscribers with next generation rich messaging services based on
evolving GSMA UP RCS standards. Services include session based messaging
to RCS capable clients, allowing subscribers to Instant Message (IM),
Group Chat and File Share, and supports multi-device scenarios based on
RCS standards that support Voice and Video QoS.

About Rakuten:

Rakuten, Inc. (TSE: 4755) is a global leader in internet services that
empower individuals, communities, businesses and society. Founded in
Tokyo in 1997 as an online marketplace, Rakuten has expanded to offer
services in e-commerce, fintech, digital content and communications to
more than 1.2 billion members around the world. The Rakuten Group has
over 17,000 employees, and operations in 30 countries and regions. For
more information visit https://global.rakuten.com/corp/.

About Mavenir:

Mavenir is the industry’s only 100% software, End-to End, Cloud-Native
Network Software Provider. Focused on accelerating software network
transformation and redefining network economics for Communications
Service Providers (CSPs) by offering a comprehensive end-to-end product
portfolio across every layer of the network infrastructure stack. From
5G application/service layers to packet core and RAN – Mavenir leads the
way in evolved, cloud-native networking solutions enabling innovative
and secure experiences for end users. Leveraging industry-leading firsts
in VoLTE, VoWiFi, Advanced Messaging (RCS), Multi-ID, vEPC and
Virtualized RAN, Mavenir accelerates network transformation for more
than 250+ CSP customers in over 130 countries, serving over 50% of the
world’s subscribers.

We embrace disruptive, innovative technology architectures and business
models that drive service agility, flexibility, and velocity. With
solutions that propel NFV evolution to achieve web-scale economics,
Mavenir offers solutions to help CSPs with cost
reduction,
revenue
generation
and revenue
protection.
Learn more at mavenir.com.

Contacts

Media Contacts:
Maryvonne Tubb
Mavenir
PR@mavenir.com

Corporate Communications Department
Rakuten, Inc.
global-pr@mail.rakuten.com

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