Finnish vendor Nokia has announced details of a new 5G deal with Taiwan Star Telecom (TST), under which it will supply the latter with its end-to-end AirScale Radio Access network portfolio to assist its launch of a 5G non-standalone (NSA) network ‘that will lay the foundations for 5G standalone (SA) in the future’.
In a press release regarding the development, Nokia noted that it had previously installed TST’s 4G LTE network, which will now be migrated to 5G services utilising Nokia’s AirScale BTS and AirScale Radio Access solutions. The vendor also confirmed, meanwhile that it will supply TST with its AirScale massive MIMO solution. Under the plan, Nokia Global Services will execute rollouts, network design and optimisation along with technical software and hardware support using digital and automated services delivery. The deal is also said to include multiple Nokia Software products, such as: NetAct mobile network management system; and Smart Plan Suite, which is designed as a cloud-native solution for the needs of 5G and IoT, and will provide policy control and converged charging capabilities. Further, TST will deploy Nokia’s Subscriber Data Management (SDM).
With TST having recently secured 40MHz of 5G-suitable bandwidth, the first phase of the mobile network operator’s (MNO’s) 5G network deployment is said to already be underway, with the initial deployment expected to see ‘126 commercial districts and retail zones’ covered by Q3 2020. Looking to the future, the cellco is expected to have covered 80% of metropolitan areas with 5G by 2023.
Commenting, TST’s president, Cliff Lai, said: ‘Everything that Taiwan Star has achieved in this dynamic market is the result of our company core values that outline what a unique mobile service provider could be. We are proud to continue working with Nokia who will support us and help us to realise our ambition and deliver 5G services to our subscribers country-wide.’