Finnish vendor Nokia has announced that it will provide Taiwanese mobile network operator (MNO) Chunghwa Telecom with a range of products from its innovative small cells portfolio to support the cellco’s initiative to deliver comprehensive 5G coverage. In a press release regarding the development, Nokia claimed that Chunghwa is the first MNO in Taiwan to deploy a 5G non-standalone (NSA) small cells solution enabling instant coverage in specific areas such as business as well as tourist districts. According to the vendor, it has already commenced deployment and has installed 140 5G small cells to date.
Meanwhile, under the terms of the deal between the two companies, it was noted that Nokia will supply Chunghwa with its flexible AirScale indoor Radio (ASiR) solution for better indoor coverage and capacity, as well as its AirScale micro RRH for outdoor and urban hot spots. These will be deployed to complement the existing base of over 2,500 sets of 4G small cells.
Dr Max Chen, President of Mobile Division, Chunghwa Telecom, said of the matter: ‘This is a continuation of our innovative and ambitious approach to small cell deployment across Taiwan. We are an existing customer of Nokia’s 4G small cells portfolio and had no hesitation in also adopting their 5G products for the first wave of deployment.’