Taiwese multi-service operator Chungwha Telecom has signed a memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Sweden’s Ericsson to trial 5G, in what the pair say marks ‘an important milestone for Taiwan’s 5G development’. The press release confirmed that Ericsson and Chunghwa will jointly identify 5G user cases and applications for the digital transformation of selective industry verticals, including transportation and utilities. Furthermore, the pair will work with partners in academic institutions, public offices, industry bodies and enterprises to accelerate ecosystem developments. Both parties will also identify and implement a network evolution strategy from LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) to 5G technology.
Yuan-Kuang Tu, President of Chunghwa Telecom Mobile Business Group, said: ‘We are confident that we will stand in a good position for the 5G-era based on a combination of our network management know-how and Ericsson’s strong technological power. The two companies will lead network evolution by introducing advanced technologies.’
In separate but related news, the Taipei Times reports that Chunghwa has extended the availability of its lowest flat-rate subscription plan for 4G services for a second time, putting paid to the hopes of its rivals for an end to an ongoing price war. While the operator’s TWD699 (USD22.7) plan for unlimited 4G data usage had been due to expire at the end of February, it has confirmed it will continue to offer it until 15 March. In addition, Chunghwa has extended the availability of another low-cost 4G subscription plan by two months, until 4 April; this tariff carries a minimum monthly charge of TWD777 in return for which customers are granted an unlimited internet connection during the first year of subscription.