Thursday, 20 January 2022

Rakuten Mobile grabs stake in JTOWER as losses increase

by Harry Baldock, Total Telecom
Monday 18 October 21

Japan’s newest mobile operator said that the new deal will serve to lower the cost of deploying its 4G and 5G networks

Rakuten Mobile has reportedly purchased a minority share in Japanese tower infrastructure specialist JTOWER, hoping to lower their network deployment costs in the face of rising debt. The operator launched its commercial 4G services back in April 2020 and since then has expanded their network considerably, including the launch of 5G services in October the same year. However, to compete with its more established rivals…

Rakuten Mobile has reportedly purchased a minority share in Japanese tower infrastructure specialist JTOWER, hoping to lower their network deployment costs in the face of rising debt. The operator launched its commercial 4G services back in April 2020 and since then has expanded their network considerably, including the launch of 5G services in October the same year. However, to compete with its more established rivals…

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