- und daher habe ich mir nach dem Einstieg bei Alibaba, die inzwischem mehr als 20% gut gemacht haben, auch einige Rakutens gekauft.
Look Out Amazon, Here Comes...Rakuten? Japanese e-commerce firm Rakuten announced on Tuesday it is acquiring Ebates for $1 billion.
The acquisition, which Rakuten hinted at last week, is part of the Japanese company?s push to grow its base beyond its domestic market and hopefully, become a global player. Having made some $1.2 billion acquisitions to date along these lines, this is Rakuten?s most ambitious move to date.
However, investors are dubious that the company can absorb yet another foreign acquisition, much less one the size of Ebates, despite Rakuten?s strong cash position. Then there is the ever-present Amazon, which dominates the e-commerce market in the U.S. Few believe it will falter in the face of Chinese giant Alibaba, much less a Rakuten-Ebates combo.
Rakuten Goes Forth
Not surprisingly, Rakuten says it is undaunted. For starters, it has assembled a very interesting mix of acquisitions. There is messaging app Viber, which it purchased for $900 million in February, the Canadian ebook offering Kobo, Spanish video service Wuaki.tv, Viki, a digital content platform and Buy.com. Now it has picked up Ebates.
Washington View: Big Wheels Keep On Turning ? Rolling On The River To 5G
September 14, 2021
Ligado also mentioned its previously noted collaboration with Japan-based network operator Rakuten Mobile. In their newest update, the two companies said they plan to launch field trials over the next 12 months.
And so the wheels keep on turning, and Ligado continues rolling downriver towards construction of its 5G network.
Rakuten Symphony could play an important role in the Middle East
Tokyo may be particularly suited to helping the Middle East navigate tensions over its 5G rollout. The Persian Gulf states, Egypt, and Morocco have each struggled over whether to follow Washington?s footsteps in barring Huawei or ZTE equipment from their 5G networks. Even as China remains their largest trading partner and source of foreign investment, these countries and eventually others in the region will have to grapple with the national security and privacy ramifications of Beijing?s current monopoly over the 5G network industry.
However, the Middle East?s concern regarding China?s closed network architecture creates newfound synergies with Japan, whose government and industry have been leaders in developing disaggregated, virtualized, and interoperable network solutions. A joint commitment by five major Middle Eastern mobile operators to deploy open RAN Technologies, announced in July, could provide Tokyo with just the impetus it needs to form a regional 5G working group complementing other multilateral efforts to outcompete Huawei, the Chinese firm often seen as an arm of the state. Japanese open RAN developers already engaged in the region, such as Rakuten, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone, and NEC, would play a critical role in this endeavor.
During this next phase of its Middle East engagement, Japan has a direct stake in?and is uniquely suited for?helping the region adapt to its changing geopolitical landscape. Multilateral, issue-based working groups, such as one focused on open RAN technologies, could facilitate a broader transregional strategic dialogue that harnesses the Middle East?s access to capital alongside the Indo-Pacific?s innovative potential to usher in a new era of stability and prosperity.
: Rakuten 5G Ranks High Among Global Operators
Opensignal 5G Global Awards: Rakuten Mobile?s 5G Network Speed Ranks High Among Global Operators
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Just months after receiving two of the mobile industry?s top five global awards at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and scoring 920 points out of 1,000 for its network in Tokyo in a report by independent analyst company umlaut, Rakuten Mobile has racked up more awards for its world-first mobile network ? this time for its speeds in 5G.
Rakuten recognized for remarkable 5G speed results
Announced on September 20, Rakuten Mobile was named a Global Leader in the 5G Download Speed category, with a speed of 358.7 Mbps against an average of 175.3 Mbps for all 5G operators analyzed globally in Opensignal?s 5G Global Mobile Network Experience Awards report*1. While uptake of 5G in Japan is still in relatively nascent stages, Rakuten Mobile is on track to deliver great performance to local consumers.
In addition to Rakuten Mobile?s success in the 5G Download Speed category, Japan?s newest operator was named a Global Leader in the 5G Upload Speed category, with an upload speed of 30.8 Mbps, versus the global average of 5G operators of 21.8 Mbps.
The report from Opensignal, the independent global standard for measuring real-world mobile network experience, covers over 100 operators in more than 35 countries and is based on data collected between January 1 and June 29, 2021.
Media Product Updates: New Measurement Capabilities and PMP Best Practices
By Rakuten Advertising | June 16, 2021
Rakuten Advertising?s latest media product launch provides advertisers and agencies with greater insight into campaign performance. Today we explore these benefits and gain insight from our programmatic media expert on best practices for working PMP deals.
LoopMe Brand Lift Survey Measurement
Brand lift surveys allow advertisers and agencies to go beyond impressions and measure the impact of branding efforts across all Rakuten Advertising media platforms ? Rakuten TV, Rakuten Viki, Rakuten Viber and Rakuten France.
Brand Lift Surveys are now available to clients working with Rakuten Advertising in the following markets: ? Europe: UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, the Nordics and Benelux ? Southeast Asia: Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines ? North America: USA and Canada
PMP Best Practice Did you know you can buy PMP deals through the Rakuten Exchange? The Rakuten Exchange is the only direct source of accessing our owned and operated media properties, Rakuten TV, Rakuten Viber, Rakuten Viki and Rakuten France.
Rakuten TV Launches New Channels In May we announced that Rakuten TV has further strengthened its partnership with Samsung TV Plus by launching 166 channels across 16 markets. In addition to expanding regions with Samsung TV Plus, Rakuten TV has also launched an additional 90+ free linear channels.
Rakuten Enters Digitally Remastered 4K Edition of Lupin the 3rd: The Castle of Cagliostro into 11th Beijing International Film Festival
- Launches business aimed at content distribution and merchandising in China.
Tokyo, September 17, 2021 ? Rakuten Group, Inc. today announced that it will enter a digitally remastered 4K edition of the feature-length animated film Lupin the 3rd: The Castle of Cagliostro in the 11th Beijing International Film Festival, which runs from September 21 to 29, 2021.
Rakuten will also enter into a licensing agreement with TMS Entertainment Co., Ltd. for the distribution and merchandizing rights of the film in China. Lupin the 3rd: The Castle of Cagliostro will be entered in the Festival's "Panorama" category, as part of the ?Restored Classics? section, which screens world-renowned masterpieces which have been restored using the latest cutting-edge technology. This marks the film?s first time being screened in China.
The film is widely known as acclaimed filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki?s directorial debut and is the second film in the Lupin the 3rd series. Since its original 1979 theatrical release in Japan, it has gone on to gain popularity with audiences around the world. Going forward, Rakuten plans to distribute the film in China, as well as develop and sell a line-up of related merchandise.
Additionally, screening Lupin the 3rd: The Castle of Cagliostro in China marks Rakuten?s first foray into its new global media franchise business, which will see Rakuten handling comprehensive production of a variety of content, from distribution to merchandising. With operations in 30 countries and regions worldwide, Rakuten intends to leverage its accumulated experience in the content business to expand its media franchise business globally, beginning with China.
Rakuten aims to continue delivering a diverse array of IP-based entertainment experiences through its media franchise business.
: Japan's turnround still underrated by investors
Fiscal support and reform needed to continue progress on the economy under new prime minister
The writer is Head of Investments for Japan at Fidelity International
In Japan, the stable and steady expansion since Abenomics was launched nine years ago has felt like a sea change from the 20 years of economic stagnation that preceded it. The economy added 5m jobs, companies boosted capital expenditure as profits rose and, on the whole, the country has returned to growth. The Nikkei 225 has trebled in value over the past decade. It is a real turnround story. Yet Japanese equities are an asset class that remains underrated and under-owned by international investors. With a vote next week to select the next head of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and Japan?s new prime minister, the priority for the incoming leader is making sure the country continues the turnround.
: iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPhone 13, Mini
Rakuten Group Co., Ltd. Rakuten Mobile, ?iPhone 13 Pro?, ?iPhone 13 Pro Max?, ?iPhone 13?, ?iPhone 13 mini? will be released on September 24th (Friday)
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Rakuten Mobile, Inc. (Headquarters: Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, President: Yoshihisa Yamada, hereinafter ?Rakuten Mobile?) will announce ?iPhone 13 Pro?, ?iPhone 13 Pro Max?, from today, September 24th (Friday). Innovative and elegant ?iPhone 13? lineup including ?iPhone 13? and ?iPhone 13 mini? was released at the lowest selling price among domestic mobile carriers. Customers must purchase the ?iPhone 13? lineup at the optimal selling price for the ?iPhone? from the Rakuten Mobile Shop, the official website of ?Rakuten Mobile?, and the ?Rakuten Mobile Official Rakuten Ichiba Store?.
The ?iPhone 13? lineup enables advanced 5G experiences by supporting many 5G frequency bands, and 5G can be used in a wider area and with excellent performance.
?IPhone 13 Pro? and ?iPhone 13 Pro Max? are offered in four beautiful finishes: graphite, gold, silver, and the all-new Sierra Blue. It supports an adaptive refresh rate of up to 120Hz, and is equipped with a ?Super Retina XDR display? that uses ?ProMotion? to make the touch experience faster and more responsive.
You can also purchase from the Rakuten Mobile Shop and the official website of ?Rakuten Mobile? using the ?iPhone Upgrade Program?, which eliminates the need to pay for up to 24 out of 48 payments. In addition, by using the ?iPhone Super Value Transfer Campaign?, you can return ?Rakuten points? worth up to 20,000 yen.
: Value in external businesses it can work with
Rakuten Symphony has some unique IP, but the overall value lies in the external businesses it can work with
DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION WORLD SERIES 2021: Rakuten Mobile CTO Tareq Amin (pictured) noted partnerships and collaboration across the value chain are vital to the long-term success of a new cloud connectivity business rather than pursuing a hardware strategy.
During a Q&A session, Amin explained cloud unit Rakuten Symphony has some unique IP, but noted the overall value lies in the external businesses it can work with.
Rakuten Symphony has five business units: - unified cloud - network functions from an acquisition of Altiostar - intelligent operation - billing platform - internet ecosystem services group
It has offices in Singapore, India, Europe and Boston in the US.
Telefónica announced it had selected Altiostar as its RAN partner of choice
Telefónica Takes Big Step to Fulfill Aggressive 5G Open RAN Vision
Telefónica is one of the world?s largest telecom and wireless operators with operations throughout Europe and Latin America. It is also one of the world?s most innovative companies operating by the motto ?corporations face two options: Disrupt or be disrupted.?
One of the areas that the company is investing in heavily now is Open RAN. This week the company announced its next step in its aggressive roll out: an agreement with NEC to serve as the prime system integrator to implement and conduct trials of multi-vendor-based Open RAN solutions with the Telefónica group?s operating companies in four global markets. The scale of the agreement includes deployments in at least 800 sites for commercial use starting in 2022.
Already, Telefónica announced it had selected Altiostar as its RAN partner of choice. With NEC onboard, Telefónica has an experienced integration partner to look at installation and deployment services of the open RAN network across four countries, i.e. Brazil, Spain, UK and Germany.
: Rakuten is an important owner of AST Space Mobile
The key to making our satellite network function is not only our extensive IP portfolio ? more than 1,200 patent and patent-pending claims and growing ? but also our partners. We?re working side-by-side with Rakuten, in addition to other innovative telecommunications companies like Vodafone and American Tower, to develop a network for cellular access to billions of people spread across vast regions, including Africa, India and Indonesia. Additionally, we have entered into agreements and understandings with mobile network operators around the world, collectively covering approximately 1.5 billion cellular subscribers.
Consider that in Sub-Saharan Africa, which comprises an area of 9.2 million square miles ? more than twice as large as the United States ? around 46% of people have a mobile subscription. For a population of 1.14 billion, this means more than 600 million people in the region lack access to an array of digital platforms that deliver meaningful benefits, spanning medical and healthcare services, learning and training, and participation in commerce and global trade.
Such problems are not confined to developing nations and emerging markets, though. Countries with more robust infrastructure, including the U.S. and Japan, are also deeply affected by a lack of cellular broadband. Key geographic regions of developed nations lack coverage, leading to digital disparities. In Japan, for instance, it is very difficult and costly to provide cellular service to rural and mountainous regions. This leaves many families without access to amenities that the rest of the nation finds essential.
SpaceMobile stands to accelerate our customers? efforts to resolve serious issues exacerbated by lack of connectivity. We plan to begin initial service after launching our BlueBird production satellites, then expand SpaceMobile to the rest of the globe with a total of 168 satellites. By leveraging our flexible wholesale model, we believe our mobile network operator customers could dramatically expand mobile service and help close both coverage and usage gaps ? ensuring anyone can get connected and whole societies can take advantage of viable paths for meaningful advancement.
Telefónica has worked with Altiostar closely on some of its early Open RAN deployments including Telefónica Deutschland, O2 (Telefónica UK), Movistar Argentina and Telefónica Colombia. These trials have successfully covered the gamut of network scenarios and they have fulfilled all Telefónica?s requirements. These include delivering ?4G/5G essential features including massive MIMO, dynamic spectrum sharing (DSS), NB-IoT or RAN sharing, while complying with an extensive list of key performance indicators (KPIs) aimed to verify that performance is on par with traditional RAN.?
Telefónica?s commitment to Open RAN is made real by its selection of NEC to integrate the next phase of its network roll out. The operator has publicly stated its intention to have Open RAN account for up to 50% of its RAN growth between 2022 and 2025. This aggressive roadmap highlights the company?s leadership in creating a next-generation network that supports the full complement of 5G services with an infrastructure that is agile and cost effective. We are looking forward to playing a role in making the Telefónica Open RAN network a reality.
Many Singapore tech startups have gone public or are intending to do so in the next few months. That?s because the pandemic has accelerated the need for tech-related services.
The cashback rewards platform ShopBack is said to be working on raising capital in its Series E round from new and existing investors. It was founded in 2014 by Henry Chan, Joel Leong, and Shanru Lai.
In December last year, it raised US$75 million in an extended funding round led by Temasek, with participation from existing investors like Rakuten and EDBI. Total publicly known funding is at US$113 million since its inception.
The company said last year the extended funding would be used to enhance its technology infrastructure, expand data capabilities, and drive growth in existing markets.
To deal with the pandemic, ShopBack has been extra-focused on optimising the business and rationalising its cost structure to operate more effectively with limited resources. The goal is to keep expenses as low as possible without significantly slowing business growth, while also innovating on new features.
: The iphone-sales of Rakuten Mobile booooooooming
Rakuten Mobile, iPhone13 Pro / 13 Pro Max 1TB model sold out
6 days ago
All models of the iPhone 13 series are out of stock at the Rakuten Mobile official Rakuten Ichiba store. Even on Rakuten Mobile?s direct sales site, it is displayed as out of stock depending on the combination of color and storage capacity.
All models are out of stock at Rakuten Ichiba, and the official website is limited.
Rakuten Mobile has started accepting reservations for the iPhone 13 series from 9 pm on September 17 (Friday) at the ?Rakuten Mobile Official Website? and ?Rakuten Mobile Official Rakuten Ichiba Store?.
As of 8:00 pm on September 19 (Sun), all models are displayed as out of stock at ?Rakuten Mobile Official Rakuten Ichiba? and cannot be reserved.
On the ?Rakuten Mobile Official Website?, the number of ?out of stock? indications is increasing, centering on the 1TB models of iPhone13 Pro and iPhone13 Pro Max and the new color Sky Blue. The iPhone 12 series, which has been reduced in price with the release of the iPhone 13 series, and the 256GB model of the iPhone SE (2nd generation), which Apple has discontinued, are still available for purchase.
: Strong 5G Download Speed of Rakuten Mobile
5G Download Speeds were over 1000% faster than 4G on six operators
5G has had an astonishing impact on users? average download speeds. Thailand's AIS users experienced the most remarkable improvement of 1775.2% in their average download speeds with 5G compared to 4G, followed by those on Japan's Rakuten (1560.5%) and Saudi Arabia's Zain (1560.2%). Opensignal users on FarEasTone (Taiwan), TIM (Italy) and Vodafone (Spain) also saw improvements of over 1000%.
Rakuten Mobile is starting to make a material contribution in enhancing Rakuten?s ecosystem. For instance, the company explains that 19% of new mobile subscribers are first-time users of Rakuten?s services, and 65% of Rakuten Mobile users are Rakuten Card users, 39% are Rakuten Bank users, and 17% are Rakuten Securities users. As such, in addition to the current combination of e-commerce and fintech businesses, mobile business is adding more stickiness to Rakuten?s entire ecosystem. Although operating loss for the mobile segment for this year will be larger than our previous forecast, we believe it will contribute to driving the growth of Rakuten?s ecosystem in the longer run.
Rakuten Europe launches Rakuten Pay in the UK ? at Hayward Gallery?s latest contemporary art exhibition
Rakuten Pay allows payment by scanning QR codes displayed on a tablet device in the store or scanning a printed QR code with a smartphone ? the amount is then charged to a registered credit card or (in Japan) to a linked Rakuten bank account. In Japan Rakuten Pay is supported by more than 5 million locations across the country and Rakuten Europe just recently launched a first trial for the region at ATP Mallorca Championship, where users could pay for food and beverages through the new app.
As part of Rakuten?s unique Membership Platform, Club Rakuten UK, it now continues its journey across Europe.
In the UK and through the link to Club Rakuten, Rakuten Pay App seamlessly connects all available Rakuten services ? and for the first time cultural live events.
Visitors of the exhibition, which lasts from September 9th to December 12th, 2021 will be able to pay at the three gallery shops using Rakuten Pay, earning Rakuten Points and getting access to unique discounts ? for example a 50% discount on the sought-after exhibition tote bags.
New users will also receive a welcome points bonus that can be spent at the Hayward Gallery and Southbank Centre shops. By using the app for payment, visitors can earn additional Rakuten points, that can later be redeemed through Club Rakuten to watch the latest blockbusters on Rakuten TV, read eBooks on Kobo, or for international calls with Rakuten Viber.
Rakuten Pay will also be featured as one of the exhibition supporters with its logo appearing on leaflets, posters and wall prints across the gallery.
: ComBank first with banking services via Viber
ComBank first with banking services via Viber
Monday, 13 September 2021
The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has become the first bank in the country to launch a facility that enables the bank?s accountholders and non-customers alike to seamlessly enjoy real-time banking services delivered through an interactive artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot on Viber.
With the launch of this service, Viber users can benefit from uninterrupted banking services any day of the week, including on holidays, from wherever they are, the bank said. ?Bank with ComBank on Viber? eliminates the need for customers to visit a Commercial Bank branch for basic banking services.
Commenting on this pioneering move to cater to Viber users in the country, Commercial Bank Managing Director S. Renganathan said: ?Sri Lanka is among the top five markets for Viber in the Asia Pacific region with over 15 million registered users. Offering banking services on this popular platform is a logical step for a technologically advanced bank that is focused on serving its customers with solutions that are relevant to the times. This is also another milestone in the bank?s Social Network Banking operations.?
: Kobo Device Sales Growth through New Channel
Taiwan Rakuten Kobo Achieves Device Sales Growth through New Channel
SEPTEMBER 27, 2021
Taiwan Rakuten Kobo achieved unprecedented success with its pre-sale efforts for Kobo Elipsa, the latest eReader device from Rakuten Kobo, by exploring a brand-new promotion channel of crowdfunding. Find out in this video how the perfect match between the right channel and the right marketing method for a unique device led to a fivefold increase in sales compared to past models.
Rakuten Symphony is attracting considerable global attention
Dr. David Soldani
Rakuten Symphony is attracting considerable global attention, with four customers and 27 prospective clients in the Americas; three customers and 19 prospects in Europe; and four customers and 22 prospects in Asia-Pacific. Also, it has 12 prospective clients in Middle East & Africa, and five in Russia and the CIS.