Finnish vendor Nokia has announced that it has been selected by Taiwan’s Chunghwa Telecom as the operator’s 5G RAN vendor. In a press release confirming the development, Nokia noted that it will be responsible for Chunghwa’s 5G radio network deployment in the Central and Southern Region of Taiwan. It also said it would look to leverage Chunghwa’s existing LTE installed base and what it termed ‘rich’ spectrum resources to launch 5G non-standalone (NSA) involving multiple bands, paving the way to 5G standalone (SA) in the near future. It is understood that with the rollout already underway, Chunghwa is eyeing a commercial 5G launch in July 2020.
Commenting, Max Chen, President of Chunghwa Telecom Mobile Business Group, said: ‘The transformation empowered by Nokia’s 5G technology will undoubtedly revolutionise the way we interact with the world. Chunghwa Telecom is committed to delivering industry-leading 5G to its consumer and enterprise customers, and we have every confidence in Nokia delivering this in a quick and reliable rollout.’ Tommi Uitto, President of Mobile Networks at Nokia, added: ‘Our technology will assist Chunghwa Telecom in its early launch of 5G services in Taiwan, while also allowing it to explore new revenue generators across consumer and enterprise markets.’