Swedish vendor Ericsson has been selected by Taiwanese communications service provider Far EasTone (FET) to act as its 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) vendor. In a press release regarding the development, the vendor said the deal ‘spans 5G RAN across FET’s spectrum assets in the low, mid and high bands using Ericsson Radio System products and solutions’. Under the contract, Ericsson has said its Spectrum Sharing and artificial intelligence (AI)-powered radio access network solutions will be deployed as part of the cellco’s 5G rollout; FET is reportedly expecting to launch commercial 5G services using spectrum in the 3.5GHz band in ‘summer 2020’.
The Ericsson-supplied Spectrum Sharing solution will reportedly help FET to allocate spectrum assets efficiently based on traffic demand using existing infrastructure, with this in turn enabling a smoother transition to 5G. Meanwhile, Ericsson’s new AI-driven software capabilities will increase 5G coverage and 4G performance through a straightforward software upgrade.
Commenting on the development, Chee Ching, President of FET, was cited as saying: ‘Choosing Ericsson as a 5G partner helps reduce the complexity of both multi-vendor interoperability and 4G/5G migration, allowing us to provide our customers in Taiwan with a superior 5G experience and an efficient next-generation 5G mobile network. With our 5G-ready core and transport solutions, FET plans to have a commercial 5G offering during this summer.’