AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 06 SEP 2019 Rakuten Mobile losses widen on capex surge Rakuten Mobile deepens Fujitsu, NEC partnerships JapanRakuten Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he… Read more Devices Author Previous ArticleProximus CEO Leroy set for KPN switchNext ArticleHuawei sets 5G battlelines with latest Kirin launch Rakuten Mobile, the fourth mobile operator in Japan, delayed its nationwide launch planned for next month, instead preparing a trial service for a limited number of subscribers from 1 October.In a statement, the company said to ensure the stability and quality of its service and improve the network based on customer feedback, it will initially open applications to 5,000 subscribers for free through a programme running until 31 March 2020.It said the service will be expanded in waves to connect tens of thousands of users to the network.It is taking on incumbents NTT Docomo, KDDI and SoftBank.Local media reported in mid-August the Japanese newcomer was forced to scale back its ambitious plans due to delays in deploying base stations in some cities. A company representative said a shortage of construction workers stemming from high demand from the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic Games in 2020, slowed the installation of base stations.LTE coverage will be available in 23 wards of Tokyo, Nagoya City, Osaka City and parts of Hyogo prefecture.The operator said it is working to expand the service area of its network. While KDDI and Okinawa Cellular will provide roaming services until the end of March 2026, Rakuten will switch service to its own network as it is completed.Rakuten, which was cleared to become Japan’s fourth mobile operator in April 2018, has a deal with KDDI allowing it to roam on its MVNO partner’s 4G network in return for helping it launch a payment service.As an internet player, the company is using its IT experience to differentiate itself by taking a completely cloud-native approach to its own new network, with plans to virtualise the radio network. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Joseph Waring Related Rakuten Mobile introduces iPhone 12 Tags HomeAsiaNews Rakuten Mobile postpones launch
NAPA, Calif. — Brian Stuard closed with a scrambling birdie for a 6-under 66 share of the Safeway Open lead Saturday with James Hahn and Cameron Percy. On a day when eight players held or shared the lead, the trio of Stuard, Hahn and Percy emerged in front despite all three running into trouble at various times at Silverado Resort. Stuard, who began the day five shots off the lead, hit only 10 of 14 fairways off the tee and had six birdies, including three straight on the front nine. He made a 7-foot putt on the par-5 18th after finding the rough. Hahn needed 28 putts, but made birdies on Nos. 15 and 16 for a 67. Safeway Open: Full-field scores | Full coverage Percy had a 68 to join the group at 16-under 200. He nearly took himself out of the hunt after bogeys on Nos. 11 and 14, but bounced back with birdies on two of the final three holes. Third-round leader Sam Burns struggled to a 72 that left him tied with Kristoffer Ventura (66) and Harry Higgs (70) at 15 under. Emiliano Grillo (65), Stewart Cink (65), Doug Ghim (69), D.J. Trahan (70) and Russell Knox (70) were 14 under.