Given the political tensions between China and Taiwan, it is hardly surprising that the latter’s Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) will source its 5G networks from Ericsson and Nokia, as it did 4G.
Nokia will supply the central and southern regions of the island state with 5G NR Non-Standalone and Standalone RAN equipment in multiple bands. Ericsson announced a deal to supply the 5G core, with a migration from the current 4G evolved packet core, via Ericsson’s ‘5G EPC’ to a full 5G Next Generation (NG) platform. It will also provide fronthaul and IP backhaul, and midband and high frequency NSA and SA radios (presumably for the non-Nokia regions of the island, though that was not specified).
Max Chen, president of CHT’s mobile business group, said: “The transformation empowered by Nokia’s 5G technology will undoubtedly revolutionize the way we interact with the world.”
He added: “In the process of upgrading to 5G networks, we need to shorten the time it takes to launch new features. Ericsson’s 5G core solution enables our 4G core to flexibly evolve into a shared 4G/5G network.” He also emphasized the vendor’s role in migrating voice services, saying: “Ericsson’s Cloud VoLTE solution will allow our customers to enjoy a more convenient and higher quality 4G voice service today as well as 5G voice services in the future.”
The operator has begun deployment and plans a commercial 5G launch in July.
Tommi Uitto, president of mobile networks at Nokia, said: “As one of the pioneering members of Chunghwa Telecom’s Taiwan 5G Alliance, we will jointly promote the digital transformation for public and private sectors to accelerate 5G momentum in Taiwan.”