Taiwanese multi-service operator Far EasTone (FET) and Swedish vendor Ericsson have signed a 5G Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly accelerate 5G development for Taiwan. Under the agreement, a first 5G Lab in Taiwan is to be established at T-park, New Taipei City in Taiwan, with this facility to be able to ‘pioneer and innovate technologies such as enhanced network performance, IoT [Internet of Things] core platform, cloud-based technologies and advanced radio technology, with intention to advance technology evolution towards 5G’. Both companies will aslo reportedly collaborate and promote the evolution of 4G to 5G technology in Taiwan to academic institutions, public offices, industry bodies and enterprises, with a view to bringing the latest mobile technologies and services to consumers and enterprises in Taiwan by 2020.
FET president Yvonne Li said of the MOU: ‘We share the networked society vision with Ericsson and we believe Taiwan has to move toward industry transformation with full speed. Through our joint efforts with Ericsson, we are taking an important step toward bringing 5G capabilities to Taiwan, enabling the deployment of next generation of ICT applications and pioneering 5G services for consumers and enterprises, especially in the areas of transportation, media and utilities.’