Chunghwa Telecom inks 5G deal with Ericsson

19 Mar 2020

Following on from the announcement yesterday (18 March) that Taiwan’s Chunghwa Telecom has selected Nokia to oversee its 5G radio network deployment in the Central and Southern Region of the country, another vendor, Ericsson, has today announced the signing of a 5G-related deal with the same firm.

In a press release, Ericsson confirmed that it has been contracted ‘to provide the 5G platform to support [Chunghwa’s] future network’. With the Taiwanese operator set to deploy a non-standalone (NSA) New Radio (NR) network on mid- and high-frequency bands (3.5GHz/28GHz), it will use Ericsson Radio System base stations and 5G Core, including 5G Evolved Packet Core, with the Swedish firm selected as the supplier for the 5G Core. Meanwhile, building on a partnership that began with 4G, the deal between the two companies includes voice services through the vendor’s Cloud VoLTE solutions, while Ericsson will also provide the fronthaul and IP backhaul transport solution.

Ericsson noted that its 5G solution will also include active antenna products while supporting beam-forming functions that reduce wireless signal interference and improve speed. In addition, Chunghwa is expected to benefit from increased system capacity and improved 5G user experience through 4G/5G dual connectivity and LTE-NR DL data aggregation functions. Further, Ericsson’s 5G core solution will support both 4G and 5G core networks ‘to smoothly connect [Chunghwa’s] previous services to 5G.’

Commenting on the matter, Max Chen, President of the Mobile Business Group at Chunghwa Telecom, said: ‘In the process of upgrading to 5G networks, we need to shorten the time it takes to launch new features. Ericsson’s 5G core solution enables our 4G core to flexibly evolve into a shared 4G/5G network. Meanwhile, Ericsson’s Cloud VoLTE solution will allow our customers to enjoy a more convenient and higher quality 4G voice service today as well as 5G voice services in the future.’

Taiwan, Chunghwa Telecom, Ericsson