Spotlight on Tech

Transforming connectivity with virtualized small cells

By
Jason King
Senior Director, Partner Marketing
Rakuten Symphony
February 9, 2024
3
minute read

In 2019, our collaboration began with Sercomm with the goal of jointly developing the world's first commercially deployable virtualized small cell. Over the years, the partnership has evolved seamlessly, progressing from 4G to 5G small cells and expanding to 5G FWA CPE. The ultimate goal of the partnership is to enable industry-leading technology solutions globally.

“Rakuten Mobile and Sercomm have deployed 150,000 small cells in Japan, paving the way for the launch of the world's first 100% cloud-native Open RAN network.”
- Ben Lin, President & Co-founder of Sercomm Corporation

Behind the scenes with Ben Lin and Sercomm

We had the chance to sit down and talk with Ben Lin, one of the founders of Sercomm Corporation, where he has led the research team in developing various core technologies, including Internet communications, software/firmware integration services, and R&D of Internet Protocols.

With over 30 years of experience in the technology industry and Internet communications, Lin possesses an impressive technical background and a vision for R&D innovation - accumulating over 10 years of experience at the Industrial Technology Research Institute and International Integrated Systems Inc.

His expertise forms the foundation for this compelling partnership.

As explained by Lin, Sercomm was established in 1992, dedicated to the development of broadband networking hardware and firmware. With a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and fully integrated engineering capability, they offer comprehensive telecom broadband solutions.

Left: Ben Lin, President & Co-founder of Sercomm Corporation; Right: Sharad Sriwastawa, Co-CEO of Rakuten Mobile and President of Rakuten Symphony
Left: Ben Lin, President & Co-founder of Sercomm Corporation; Right: Sharad Sriwastawa, Co-CEO of Rakuten Mobile and President of Rakuten Symphony

A journey of growth and impact with Sercomm Corporation

In 2019, Rakuten Mobile and Sercomm Corporation pioneered the world's first fully virtualized cloud-native mobile network. Collaborating with Rakuten Group, Sercomm provided equipment for Rakuten Mobile's network construction, aiming for 98.7% 4G coverage. Noteworthy deliveries include ISC4G InDoor Small Cell, Femto (4G CASA) and Rakuten Turbo 5G (5G FWA CPE).

Addressing hotspot challenges, Sercomm's small and femto cells, equipped with compact antennas, seamlessly complemented Rakuten's innovative cloud-native architecture. The virtualized design simplified operations, facilitating rapid market entry and cost savings. Sercomm's adaptability extended to 5G, ensuring seamless upgrades, catering to 6 million subscribers in Japan.

“We have been collaborating with Rakuten Mobile since 2019 to jointly develop the world’s first commercially deployable virtualized small cell. Since then, our collaboration has grown stronger and stronger, from 4G to 5G small cells, then to 5G FWA CPE.”

A promising partnership

The partnership between Rakuten Symphony and Sercomm Corporation is not just a collaboration; it's an innovative journey shaping the future of telecom broadband. Ben Lin's insights and Sercomm's dedication pave the way for a promising alliance, highlighting the potential for groundbreaking solutions in the evolving mobile landscape.

Explore further insights into these industry-defining partnerships by visiting our partner ecosystem page, where you can also find the full video with Ben Lin’s comments.

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