Rakuten delays 5G launch by three months

Rakuten Mobile has pushed back its timeline to launch 5G service in Japan by three months until the fall, citing impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Rakuten just commercially launched its greenfield 4G network in early April and had planned to introduce 5G service in June. With COVID-19 impacting part of the company’s global supply chain, that is now delayed until at least September. Details on timing of the launch will be disclosed later as Rakuten continues to monitor the situation.

The impact of the public health crisis was mainly on 5G network software testing and validation in areas where there are restrictions on movement, a Rakuten spokesperson said in an emailed response to FierceWireless.

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