Rakuten Mobile CTO Sharad Sriwastawa appointed to Board of Directors of O-RAN ALLIANCE

Tokyo, October 28, 2022 – Rakuten Mobile, Inc. today announced that CTO Sharad Sriwastawa was appointed as a member of the board of directors of the O-RAN ALLIANCE.

The O-RAN ALLIANCE is a world-wide community of over 300 operators, vendors, research and academic institutions operating in the RAN industry. Founded in February 2018 and established as a German entity in August 2018, the organization’s mission is to re-shape the industry towards more intelligent, open, virtualized and fully interoperable mobile networks. By defining O-RAN architecture and specifications, the O-RAN ALLIANCE aims to enable an open, interoperable supply chain ecosystem in full support of and complementary to standards promoted by 3GPP and other industry standards organizations.

“I am delighted to join the board of directors of the O-RAN ALLIANCE on behalf of Rakuten Mobile,” said Sharad Sriwastawa, CTO of Rakuten Mobile. “With the learnings of our experience in building the world’s first end-to-end fully virtualized, cloud native mobile network*1 on Open RAN principles, I look forward to contributing to the promotion of the formulation of specifications for Open RAN around the globe.”

Rakuten Mobile joined the O-RAN ALLIANCE in 2020 and continues to strive to contribute to the technical development of innovative, open and intelligent RAN. Tareq Amin, CEO of Rakuten Mobile, served as a director of the organization between November 2020 and October 2022 *2

*1 For a large scale commercial mobile network (as of October 1, 2019). Research: Stella Associa
*2 Press release: Rakuten Mobile Joins O-RAN ALLIANCE - Rakuten Mobile CTO Tareq Amin appointed to Board of Directors of O-RAN ALLIANCE

*RAN ALLIANCE and O-RAN are trademarks or registered marks of O-RAN ALLIANCE e.V. in the United States and other countries.
*GPP, 3GPP logo are trademarks of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI).


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