Rakuten appoints Tech Mahindra as partner to support its RCP development and deployment

Japan’s Rakuten Mobile and Tech Mahindra have a common aim. Both tech majors want to drive innovation by transforming network services and enhance customer experience globally.

To enable this common aim, Rakuten Mobile, Inc., a Rakuten Group company, reached an agreement in which Tech Mahindra has been appointed as a preferred partner for global go-to-market opportunities for the Rakuten Communications Platform (RCP).

RCP is a cloud-native telco platform that enables telcos and enterprises around the world to easily build secure and open mobile networks at speed and low cost, to generate new revenue streams and to offer customers innovative and immersive experiences.

What is Tech Mahindra’s role in this partnership?

According to C P Gurnani, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Tech Mahindra, partnership with Rakuten Mobile is a first-of-its-kind collaboration that will enable his company to drive innovation in the telecom space, provide enhanced customer experience, and also lead the transformation in mobile network technology from the forefront.

Based on the agreement, as a preferred partner, Tech Mahindra will provide its leading technologies and software capabilities to support the development and deployment of mobile networks for global customers of RCP.

Through the agreement, Tech Mahindra will also provide managed IT, security, and network services to Rakuten Mobile, and it is believed that Rakuten intends to designate Tech Mahindra as an official reseller of RCP.

This partnership also means that Tech Mahindra and Rakuten Mobile will co-leverage their partnership to develop and deploy virtualized mobile networks based on RCP to disrupt the telecom landscape.

Tareq Amin, Representative Director, Executive Vice President and CTO, Rakuten Mobile, said, “In April this year, with the support of leading partners from around the world, we were able to achieve the incredible milestone of launching full-scale commercial services on the world’s first fully virtualized mobile network. As we take the next step on our journey, we are proud to be partnering with Tech Mahindra to offer cloud-native networks to customers around the world through Rakuten Communications Platform.”

 Mickey Mikitani, Chairman, President and CEO, Rakuten says he is excited about the potential this partnership with Tech Mahindra has to bring, which is more agile, responsive, and efficient services to the company’s customers around with world. 

Manish Vyas, President, Communications, Media & Entertainment Business & CEO, Network Services, Tech Mahindra, on the other hand, said, “There has been a renewed interest in the disaggregated software-based cloud-native network from enterprises to drive network transformation. As part of TechMNxt charter, our collaboration with Rakuten Mobile will enable us to support the deployment of mobile networks based on a highly innovative cloud-based communication platform that is open, scalable, and highly secure.”

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