Rakuten Cell has obtained an preliminary experimental check station license on November 10, 2022, to conduct cellular communication exams and preliminary verification in Japan utilizing AST SpaceMobile’s low earth orbit satellite tv for pc, BlueWalker 3.
AST SpaceMobile is constructing the primary and solely space-based mobile broadband community that may be immediately accessed by commonplace unmodified cell phones. Sooner or later, Rakuten Cell goals to supply cellular communication providers utilizing the deliberate AST SpaceMobile community to hook up with smartphones in mountainous areas and distant islands which might be usually out of attain of cellular communication providers, in addition to to strengthen the resilience of communication networks throughout disasters . .
On September 11, 2022, AST SpaceMobile efficiently launched the BlueWalker 3 check satellite tv for pc into orbit from the US. On November 14, AST SpaceMobile additionally introduced the profitable deployment of a communications array for its check satellite tv for pc, BlueWalker 3, in orbit.
So as to perform communication exams between the check satellite tv for pc launched by AST SpaceMobile and the gateway floor station in Japan and to hold out preliminary verification with smartphones, Rakuten Cell made an utility to the Tohoku Telecommunications Bureau for a Gateway Experimental Take a look at Station license (equal to a cellular base. station) and to the Bureau Kanto Telecommunication for the Cell Terminal Experimental Take a look at Station license (the identical as a conveyable cellular base station), and each purposes have now been permitted.
After receiving the license, Rakuten Cell will begin getting ready a gateway house station (equal to a cellular base station) in Fukushima Prefecture to check and confirm direct communication between BlueWalker 3 and cellular units within the mountainous space of Hokkaido.
To allow trials with Rakuten Cell and different operators, Rakuten Symphony will present varied software program from its Symworld™ product portfolio to AST SpaceMobile to be built-in into the corporate’s satellite tv for pc system and allow the corporate’s space-based mobile broadband community. Software program to be built-in contains Rakuten Symphony’s vRAN (Digital Radio Entry Community) software program, OSS (Operations Assist System) software program and BSS (Enterprise Assist System) software program.
Rakuten Cell will proceed its efforts to increase Rakuten’s protection space and enhance the standard of communication in order that prospects can get pleasure from snug and handy communication providers wherever.