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Rakuten picks up Nokia as a partner for the Japanese mobile network

FILE PHOTO, Visitors stand next to a logo of Nokia at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, February 27, 2017. REUTERS/Paul Hanna/File Photo

HELSINKI (Reuters) – Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten has picked Nokia Oyj as a major partner for its new mobile network in Japan, which is due to launch later this year, the Finnish company said on Wednesday.

Nokia said that it would plan, manage, implement and integrate mobile network technology and software for Rakuten.

Rakuten has more than 100 million users in Japan, something to build on when it comes on the market as a mobile operator, and the digital services of the provider.

“The building of the network is underway and the user tests in Tokyo have already started,” Nokia said.

Japan currently has three dominant mobile service providers – NTT DoCoMo Inc, KDDI Corp and SoftBank Group Corp.

Reporting by Tarmo Virki; Editing by Kirsten Donovan

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