Finnish equipment manufacturer Nokia announced today (29 June) that it has been selected by Taiwan Mobile (TWM) as the sole supplier of its 5G network in a three-year framework deal worth approximately EUR400 million (USD364 million). In a press release, the vendor – a long-standing partner of TWM – confirmed that the initial deal includes 5G RAN, 5G Core and 5G IMS, and will kick off this month with the deployment of 5G non-standalone (NSA) with the aim of migrating to 5G standalone (SA) within three years.
Under the contract, Nokia will supply its 5G RAN portfolio including its Nokia AirScale Radio Access products that will enable TWM to deliver ‘market-leading 5G experiences to subscribers with ultra-low latency, connectivity and capacity’. Further, the gear maker will install its AirScale Micro Remote Radio Head (RRH) solution which it claims will enable TWM ‘to meet the demand for capacity and reliable coverage where it is needed both indoors and outdoors’, while also providing digital design and deployment for ‘a faster time to market as well as optimisation and technical support services’. The press release goes on to say: ‘Taiwan Mobile will utilise several Nokia Software solutions spanning cloud and security services, as well as network optimisation and management for 5G RAN, 5G Core and 5G IMS. Network functions and applications will be deployed on top of Nokia’s CloudBand Infrastructure Software and Application Manager and Network Director cloud management products; Radio network optimization will be managed with EdenNet Self-Organizing Networks and Nokia Performance Manager. NetAct Network Management is being deployed to operate the infrastructure, and Archive Cloud will be deployed to support business continuity requirements.’
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, earlier this month TWM became the third of the country’s mobile network operators to receive its 5G operating licence from the National Communications Commission (NCC). The cellco originally planned to construct 2,000 5G base stations by the end of 2020, but has since updated its business plan, doubling this deployment target to 4,000. Commenting on the upgraded rollout plan, NCC spokesperson Hsia Chi-hung said: ‘This highlights the competition among telecoms. Apparently, all of them are ready to launch services in the third quarter of this year.’