APT contracts Nokia for 5G rollout

5 Aug 2020

Finnish vendor Nokia has been selected by Taiwanese mobile operator Asia Pacific Telecom (APT) as the latter’s sole vendor for 5G New Radio (NR) in a deal that also encompasses 5G core (non-standalone and standalone), security and monetisation. In confirming the development, Nokia said the exclusive deal would see it provide a number of its AirScale Radio Access solutions, with a view to enabling APT to ‘deliver market-leading 5G experiences to subscribers with ultra-fast data speeds, ultra-low latency, and a new level of connectivity’.

APT plans to launch 5G services later this year and is understood to have plans to use the technology to develop Taiwan’s enterprise sector while also introducing cloud gaming, virtual reality, augmented reality and streaming services to subscribers. The pair will work together to target six vertical industries for 5G: smart manufacturing, smart retail, smart medical, smart transportation, smart entertainment, and smart energy. TeleGeography notes that APT secured 400MHz in the 28GHz frequency range but did not obtain mid-band spectrum. As such, it is planning to work with other local mobile operators to share infrastructure in the 3.5GHz frequency range in order to offer services in both bands.

Commenting, Nanren Huang, President at APT, said: ‘APT has ambitious targets for its 5G services, including transforming the enterprise and consumer sectors in Taiwan with new and enhanced high speed services. We are excited to continue our long-standing relationship with Nokia as we enter the 5G era and look forward to achieving our goals with them as our partner.’

Taiwan, Asia Pacific Telecom (APT), Nokia