Press Release

Nokia is the first Symworld™ partner to be selected by Rakuten Symphony for cloud-native Core software

March 1, 2022

- Rakuten Mobile names Nokia as the sole vendor for specific mobile core products such as IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), Shared Data Layer (SDL) and Internet of Things (IoT) Platform. These will be followed by further expansions to nodes such as Internet of Things (IoT) Gateway.

- Nokia to accelerate Rakuten Symphony’s Symworld™ marketplace launch by providing all Nokia cloud-native applications 

- Collaboration to prove and accelerate 3rd party Symworld™ marketplace in live network

TOKYO, March 1, 2022 – Building on the existing multi-year relationship, Nokia, Rakuten Mobile, Inc., and Rakuten Symphony, Inc., today announced plans to further accelerate industry change with the inclusion of all Nokia cloud-native Core software on Rakuten Symphony’s Symworld™ marketplace. The development will support Rakuten Symphony to be the first to enable browsing, selecting, and installing of software into live network operations via a “one-click” operation for communication service providers (CSPs). 

The Symworld™ marketplace was created to simplify the process of telecom application onboarding and making approved applications generally available for all Symworld™ customers. The Symworld™ platform digitalizes all telecom processes for planning, deploying, securing, and monitoring the software in live telecom networks; and makes Symworld™ marketplace applications one-click away from deployment. 

All telecom software is becoming cloud-native and possible to procure through a marketplace experience. Nokia is well-placed to deliver on that experience, having already rearchitected its software applications in recent years to make them fully cloud-native and deployable in any cloud environment, edge, public or private. 

The Symworld™ marketplace by Rakuten Symphony is the first telecom marketplace in the world designed to serve the needs of CSPs and is creating a marketplace of Rakuten and third-party applications in order to provide for the rapid procurement and delivery of telco services as 5G rollouts advance. 

Tareq Amin, CEO of Rakuten Symphony, Inc., said: "We have a long and successful relationship with Nokia in Rakuten Mobile and together in Japan we have radically accelerated change in the telecom industry. We want to do more and we are extremely happy to partner with Nokia now to drive the marketplace way of working in the live network with Nokia’s world class cloud-native core products. The Symworld™ marketplace approach to deployment changes system integration from being months away, to being days or hours away.”

Raghav Sahgal, President of Cloud and Network Services at Nokia, said: “As a telecom cloud-native software leader and a mobile core technology leader, Nokia’s Cloud and Network Solutions will provide all our cloud-native Core software and work with Rakuten Symphony to enrich the Symworld™ marketplace for all mobile operators. We look forward to this new chapter with Rakuten Mobile and Rakuten Symphony and supporting their disruptive ambitions in the telco space.” 

*Symworld is a trademark of Rakuten Symphony Singapore Pte. Ltd.

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About Nokia

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About Rakuten Symphony

Rakuten Symphony is reimagining telecom, changing supply chain norms and disrupting outmoded thinking that threatens the industry’s pursuit of rapid innovation and growth. Based on proven modern infrastructure practices, its open interface platforms make it possible to launch and operate advanced mobile services in a fraction of the time and cost of conventional approaches, with no compromise to network quality or security. Rakuten Symphony has headquarters in Japan and local presence in the United States, Singapore, India, Europe and the Middle East Africa region.

For more information, visit: https://symphony.rakuten.com/

About Rakuten Mobile

Rakuten Mobile, Inc. is a Rakuten Group company responsible for mobile communications. As the fourth entrant to the mobile carrier business in Japan, Rakuten Mobile aims to redefine industry expectations and provide simple and easy-to-use mobile services through its innovative network technology. 

For more information, please visit: https://corp.mobile.rakuten.co.jp/english/