Rakuten Mobile today announced the full commercial launch of its low-cost data plan in Japan. The plan costs 2,980 yen ($ 27) a month and offers users unlimited calls and data where Rakuten has its own networks. The company also increased the amount of domestic roaming data in response to the increased use of teleworking and online education tools.
Earlier this week, after a new wave in seven prefectures, including Tokyo, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared the state of emergency of COVID-19 cases in March. The command empowers prefectural leaders to request the closure of businesses and businesses that are not considered essential. Public schools in and around Tokyo were closed earlier this year and are expected to reopen in early May.
Rakuten Mobile not only provides an increased need for online services during the pandemic, but can also help compete against the largest carriers in Japan ̵
Last year, the company announced that it would be available in total from 4,000 edge servers in Japan to the launch of the mobile service. Rakuten Mobile expects its network to cover all of Japan by March next.
The company's current plan, called Rakuten UN-LIMIT 2.0, offers users 5 GB of roaming data in areas where Rakuten has Mobile Partners and unlimited roaming data at a maximum speed of 1 Mbit / s after the limit is reached . The original Rakuten UN-LIMIT plan offered 2 GB of domestic roaming and a maximum speed of 128 kbps.