Rakuten, Ligado Partner on Private 5G Network Solution
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Rakuten Mobile and Ligado Networks signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) where the two companies will collaborate to create a blueprint for Ligado’s 5G mobile private network solution that leverages the Rakuten Communications Platform (RCP).

Under the MoU, the companies will commence efforts in the first quarter of 2021 with ecosystem partners and vendors to establish a timeline for the implementation of network trials and blueprint for solutions.

“With 5G being introduced by mobile network operators around the world, some of the most innovative use cases will be in 5G mobile private networks,” said Rakuten Mobile Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Tareq Amin. “5G brings ultra-low latency and ultra-high bandwidth, enabling unprecedented experiences and services and unique applications in private networks. We are very excited to collaborate with Ligado Networks and offer the Rakuten Communications Platform as the foundation for a next-generation of communications infrastructure for enterprises.”

Under the MoU, the companies will define a strategy that leverages Rakuten’s ecosystem position to advance the jointly developed 5G mobile private network solution and accelerate overall L-Band commercial readiness among network hardware and software providers. Ligado Networks and Rakuten Mobile will collaborate with enterprise customers on advanced use cases and the final technology stack for a launch of the 5G mobile private network offering.

“5G mobile private networks are becoming critical infrastructure for many industries,” said Ligado President and CEO Doug Smith. “Combining our know-how and licensed L-Band spectrum in the U.S. with the Rakuten Communications Platform and open RAN infrastructure, we will create a novel blueprint for delivering new efficiencies to U.S. companies looking to deploy powerful mobile private networks that are highly secure and ultra-reliable.”

With this MoU, Rakuten Mobile and Ligado Networks aim to accelerate the delivery of private networks through the use of open technology. RCP combines the end-to-end cloud native, software-centric, open radio access network (RAN)-based mobile network of Rakuten Mobile and its partners to offer enterprises a way to easily build and deploy fully cloud native network services at speed and low cost. Ligado’s licensed mid-band spectrum supports enterprises by building mobile networks that meet their requirements for availability, coverage and flexibility for indoor and outdoor deployments.

Ligado is currently a network operator of mobile satellite service (MSS) to government and commercial customers across North America. The Reston, Virginia, company is enhancing its MSS offerings and developing new, innovative 5G services for enterprise customers across the public safety, manufacturing, agriculture and other critical infrastructure sectors.

For 5G mobile private networks, Ligado’s vision is to offer connectivity dedicated to enterprise customers, allowing a single company to manage the connection of people and things as they move within and across their various locations.

5G mobile private networks deliver continuity of coverage, local compute and connectivity integration, and greater control and security. These attributes are essential to support rapidly advancing digital use cases, such as augmented reality (AR)/virtual reality (VR), smart robotics and enterprise cloud services, which provide the technology foundation for critical infrastructure entities with large footprints like factories, energy and resource operations, farms, and public utilities.

In April, the FCC approved Ligado’s application to deploy its network in the L-band despite a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recommendation to deny the application. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) petitioned the FCC to stay and reconsider its approval of Ligado’s application. The FCC denied the request for a stay and has not ruled on the request for reconsideration yet.

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