Taiwanese multi-service operator Far EasTone Telecommunications (FET) has extended an existing contract with Swedish vendor Ericsson. Under the terms of the updated deal between the pair, Ericsson will deploy its new radio technology on the 2.6GHz band in FET’s network, allowing the latter to deploy a combined frequency division duplex/time division duplex LTE (FDD/TDD LTE) network. Noting that adding TDD to the already installed FDD network will ‘significantly enhance the total downlink data capacity and improve subscriber’s mobile broadband experience’, the companies have claimed the joint effort marks an ‘important step in leading network performance with the shared vision to bring 5G to Taiwan’. Ericsson will also reportedly provide a core network expansion, optimisation services and a software upgrade service for both Core and Radio Access Network (RAN), to provide more capacity and peak throughput to improve the mobile broadband experience for FET’s customers.
Meanwhile, with FET and Ericsson having previously announced a strategic 5G partnership, as part of this, and to support FET’s development and ambition in the Internet of Things (IoT) market, the duo have now signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to further cooperate in Transportation, Media and Utilities domains. In the future, Ericsson’s connected vessel solution with FET’s EMMA (Enterprise Mobility Messaging Assistant) will be offered to global shipping enterprises.