Chunghwa Telecom has awarded a 3G network expansion and services contract to Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) covering the installation of 3G and High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) technology, and additional systems to reduce operational costs. The contract extends the existing cooperation between NSN and Chunghwa Telecom. The project will further expand Chunghwa’s 3G network coverage and boost the maximum data speeds of its HSDPA services (launched in September 2006), whilst a new ‘hybrid backhaul solution’ will allow Taiwan’s largest cellco to utilise IP transmission in base station backhaul to increase cost efficiency. Under the deal, NSN is also providing Chunghwa with its multi-technology NetAct system to help the operator manage network and service quality for subscribers. Deliveries will start immediately and are scheduled for completion by September 2008.