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Rakuten slashes mobile network costs with cloud tech

Reliability questions remain as Japan's new carrier readies service

Chairman and CEO Hiroshi Mikitani unveiled Rakuten's base station equipment Wednesday.(Photo by Kaisuke Ota)

TOKYO -- As Rakuten prepares to debut in Japan as a fourth major mobile carrier, it is tapping a new technology to reduce its network investment to just a fraction of conventional levels and offer competitive pricing.

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