AirHop Communications Selected by Rakuten Mobile to Deliver Real-Time Cloud-RAN Performance Optimization

AirHop Communications Selected by Rakuten Mobile to Deliver Real-Time Cloud-RAN Performance Optimization


AirHop Communications Selected by Rakuten Mobile to Deliver Real-Time Cloud-RAN Performance Optimization

Accelerating Network Deployment, Providing Increased Capacity, and Reducing Operational Expenses

San Diego, CA – November 12, 2019 – AirHop Communications today announced that it has been selected by Rakuten Mobile, Inc. to provide technology that delivers automated improvements in network performance and end-user quality of experience. Rakuten Mobile is leveraging AirHop’s eSON system for network intelligence that coordinates radio resource allocation among cells in real time, unleashing powerful, automated Radio Access Network (RAN) optimization solutions.

AirHop is providing a suite of network intelligence features including Physical Cell Identity (PCI) conflict detection and resolution, Random Access Channel (RACH) parameter collision detection and resolution, Multi-Cell Interference Management (MCIM), Mobility Load Balancing (MLB), and others.  The eSON client software is integrated with Altiostar’s Cloud RAN vCU enabling the eSON system to coordinate actions with each cell in the network in real time. eSON optimizes performance across Rakuten Mobile’s end-to-end cloud native wireless network for macro cell, small cell and HetNet coverage areas, enabling:

  • Improved spectral efficiency of the network, resulting in higher throughput and more capacity
  • Reduced operational expenses through automation of configuration and issue resolution
  • Dynamic balancing of user traffic across the network

“Rakuten Mobile’s vision is to deploy an end-to-end cloud-native wireless service by building a software-centric fully virtualized network, decoupling hardware and software, enabling network agility under constantly changing market conditions,” said Tareq Amin, Rakuten Mobile’s Chief Technology Officer.  “Rakuten Mobile is partnering with best-in-class vendors, like AirHop, enabling the ability to accurately characterize the radio environment and provide automated real-time optimization of the RAN to achieve 30% gains in spectral efficiency and achieve the quality of user experience required by the most advanced wireless markets in the world.”

“AirHop is excited to be part of Rakuten Mobile’s journey by delivering operational optimization of its 5G ready Cloud-RAN.,” commented Yan Hui, CEO and co-founder of AirHop Communications. “With AirHop’s real-time eSON system, Rakuten is achieving consistent optimized performance across its multi-vendor disaggregated Cloud-RAN, enabling accelerated network deployment, increased network capacity and lower operating costs.  Additionally, AirHop is driving innovative solutions with machine learning and analytics based network intelligence leveraging the huge amount of data from the Rakuten network, open source AI/ML toolkits, and the real performance challenges being seen in the network.”

About AirHop Communications

AirHop Communications is a leading network intelligence software company based in San Diego, California. AirHop’s flagship eSON real-time Self-Organizing Network (SON) system delivers coordinated optimization of network performance and end-user experience for 4G & 5G radio access networks.  eSON is a fully virtualized, massively scalable, robust and commercially deployed software platform supporting both traditional network architectures and NFV/C-RAN architectures for centralized and mobile edge deployments. AirHop’s eSON360 Analytics solution is a carrier-class fast data platform that leverages analytics and machine learning for RAN optimization.  AirHop’s solutions are backed by a comprehensive portfolio of patents delivering flexible virtualized deployment, scalable software and algorithms, and comprehensive APIs for multi-vendor support. For more information, please visit

About Rakuten Mobile:

Rakuten Mobile, Inc. is a Rakuten Group company responsible for mobile communications, including mobile network operator (MNO) and mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) businesses, as well as ICT and energy. Through continuous innovation and the deployment of advanced technology, Rakuten Mobile aims to redefine expectations in the mobile communications industry in order to provide appealing and convenient services that respond to diverse customer needs.


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AirHop Communications

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