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Rakuten's mobile network faces delays ahead of October launch

Japan tells e-retailer to speed up base station installation

Rakuten Mobile is slated to become Japan's fourth mobile carrier in October.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japanese e-retailer Rakuten is behind schedule on installing wireless base stations, likely forcing the new mobile carrier to limit the scope of its service at the October launch, Nikkei has learned.

Its mobile unit, Rakuten Mobile, aims to build 3,432 bases mainly in Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka by the end of this fiscal year. It plans to launch nationwide service on Oct. 1, using peer KDDI's network in other areas.

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