Far EasTone (FET) has become the third of Taiwan’s mobile network operators (MNOs) to switch on its 5G network for commercial use, with its launch following hard on the heels of rivals Chunghwa Telecom and Taiwan Mobile. According to the Taipei Times FET officially began offering 5G connectivity to consumers from 3 July, and now expects to spend up to TWD30 billion (USD1 billion) on its network deployment over the next three years. During that same timeframe, FET aims to migrate half of its existing subscriber base to 5G, while it has suggested that persuading one million of its subscribers to migrate within the next twelve months is a ‘very achievable’ goal.
At launch, FET’s fifth-generation network is understood to be available in densely populated areas and the Liudu business district. Looking ahead, coverage expansion is expected via the deployment of new base stations, with the cellco having said it aims to have more than 4,000 5G base stations in operation by the end of this year, mainly in urban areas with higher population density. Separately, Swedish vendor Ericsson has confirmed that FET’s 5G network is powered by its Ericsson Radio System and Ericsson Cloud Packet Core products and solutions. FET is also said to have deployed Ericsson Radio Dots on the 3.5GHz band to boost indoor coverage.
In a similar fashion to both of its rival providers, FET’s pricing for 5G ranges between TWD599 and TWD2,699 per month, with the charge varying dependent on transmission speed and usage allowances.