FET inks 4G hardware deal with Ericsson

31 Mar 2014

Taiwan’s Far EasTone Telecommunications (FET) is said to have inked a deal with the local subsidiary of Swedish vendor Ericsson under which it will procure 4G equipment worth TWD9.843 billion (USD324 million). According to the Digitimes, FET has also struck an agreement with Xunwei Technologies, a Taiwanese subsidiary of China-based telecom vendor Huawei Technologies, to procure W-CDMA equipment, although no financial details of this contract were disclosed.

As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in December 2013 FET was said to have made an open call for tenders for the procurement of between 7,000 and 8,000 4G base transceiver stations (BTS), with Ericsson, Huawei and Finland-based Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) all named as possible bidders. FET acquired LTE-suitable spectrum in the 700MHz and 1800MHz bands following the state’s frequency auction which concluded in October 2013, and while it only intends to use the 700MHz band initially it was said that in its tender it was looking to acquire BTS capable of operating using both 700MHz and 1800MHz frequencies.