Rakuten Cell stated its 4G community reached 50,400 base stations as of the top of September
Japanese cellular operator Rakuten Cell goals to start out utilizing spectrum within the so-called platinum band (800/900 MHz) in March 2024 to supply cellular telephony providers within the nation, the telco’s CEO Tareq Amin lately advised a convention name with buyers.
“The deployment of platinum band will probably be accomplished at an especially low value. We are going to make the most of and reuse our present base stations, the entire equipment from batteries, rectifiers, even fronthaul backhaul, darkish fiber, the place we reuse the present infrastructure that exists in place. Additionally, the software program for radio entry is a know-how that’s owned by Rakuten Symphony. So thus, we consider that capex is negligible in the event you evaluate deployment of platinum band of Rakuten Cell versus different telecom firms in Japan or internationally,” Amin stated.
Rakuten Cell reported that its 4G community reached 97.9% of the nation’s inhabitants as of the top of the third quarter of the yr. The telco goals its 4G community to succeed in 99% of the inhabitants subsequent yr.
Rakuten Cell’s 4G community reached 50,400 base stations as of the top of September. The operator goals to succeed in over 60,000 4G base stations throughout Japan by the top of subsequent yr.
Rakuten Cell additionally reported that the overall variety of subscriptions for the MNO and MVNO providers surpassed 5.18 million as of the top of Q3 2022.
Within the 5G section, Rakuten Cell had already deployed 6,440 base stations throughout the nation. In September 2020, Rakuten Cell launched 5G providers in components of Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Hokkaido, Osaka and Hyogo. The service was initially provided by way of Non-Stand Alone (NSA) 5G structure.
“In cellular providers, income from telecommunication fees is predicted to extend as a result of a rise in new subscribers and elevated information utilization after cellular contracts. As well as, the corporate will proceed to work on bettering the standard of its 4G community and creating 5G base stations nationwide,” the corporate stated in its earnings assertion.
The telco’s quarterly internet loss rose to JPY120.9 billion ($860 million) from JPY105.2 billion in Q3 2021, with income up 62.5% to JPY89.3 billion.
In the meantime, Rakuten Symphony had bookings from 14 clients valued at $3.1 billion.
“Along with the booked $3.1 billion, we now have 69 alternatives that we’re additionally going after which have a worth of US$2.7 billion of pipeline,” Amin stated.
“We predict within the subsequent 5 quarters, we’re going to work and actually put all of our power and energy to interrupt via the $1 billion goal mark for income for Symphony,” the manager added.