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Rakuten Symphony snaps up Robin.io and IP

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Rakuten Symphony has turned the tables on the telco cloud power dynamic by moving to acquire the partner that helped it to deploy the world’s first end-to-end fully virtualised cloud-native mobile network.

US-based cloud tech start-up Robin.io will be acquired by Rakuten Symphony for an undisclosed sum paving the way for them to create " highly efficient, consistent high performance cloud infrastructure and operations, from edge to central data centre".

The deal – which follows a two-year collaboration between Rakuten and Robin.io – will see Rakuten Symphony and its new partner "further accelerate and strengthen the complete end to end automated cloud offering for customers across the globe".

Robin.io holds more than 70 patents in the cloud-native technology space.

“Edge cloud requirements are unique and critical as mobile operators transition to 5G: The next era of digital experience requires another level of performance, responsiveness and consistency that enables telecom operator and enterprise transformation to be safely accelerated while creating a platform to support the next 10 years of experiences," said Tareq Amin, CEO, Rakuten Symphony.

"Robin.io’s cloud capability is proven to be effective for the most demanding workloads in mobile and we believe it will allow Rakuten Symphony to safely accelerate cloud-native transformation for our customers and prepare the industry for the future. We plan to continue to invest into Robin.io’s cloud-native portfolio of products to further advance our capabilities and offer the most advanced and highly integrated cloud platform mobile operators demand,” Amin continued.

Partha Seetala, CEO, Robin.io, added: “I am delighted that Robin.io’s technology innovations over the last several years will now get a much bigger canvas to lead the vision for cloud-native transformation for the industry. Our vision to deliver simple to use, easy to deploy hyperscale automation is very well aligned.

“We believe Robin.io’s customers will hugely benefit from the synergies of cloud-native technology innovations from Robin.io, and the open competitive infrastructure solutions and global scale of Rakuten Symphony. This is indeed an exciting phase for us as we work together to bring a much larger ecosystem together to deliver higher value for our customers globally,” Seetala continued.