APT selects Ericsson for network modernisation, Taiwan’s first MOCN

18 Jan 2021

Taiwanese mobile network operator (MNO) Asia Pacific Telecom (APT) has selected Swedish vendor Ericsson to modernise its network and offer support with 5G Non-Standalone (NSA) Multi-Operator Core Network (MOCN) readiness. Under the terms of the agreement, Ericsson will provide the MNO with high-performing radio access network (RAN) solutions from its 5G-ready Ericsson Radio System portfolio. Further, the contract also covers Ericsson Network Manager, OSS migration services and upgrade. With the deployment of Ericsson Network Manager, it has been claimed that APT will be able to dynamically operate between 4G and 5G networks, with a set of unified applications to securely manage radio access, transport and core networks in an end-to-end manner.

Meanwhile, as part of the new deal between APT and Ericsson, several mobile sites will reportedly be upgraded with the latest Ericsson 5G RAN technology, and the currently installed Ericsson basebands will be modernised to the latest 5G technology standard to match the network quality of another Taiwanese cellco, Far EasTone (FET); APT and FET in September 2020 announced a partnership to provide 5G services using spectrum in the 3.5GHz frequency band through the nation’s first MOCN – where two or more core networks share the same RAN and bandwidth.

Commenting, Chafic Nassif, President of Ericsson Taiwan, said: ‘Ericsson continues to accelerate the overall progress of 5G development in Taiwan, supporting both APT and FET to quickly launch new services to market and provide Taiwanese consumers and enterprises with the highest quality communication services. Our enhanced 5G platform provides the technological backbone for the nation’s first Multi-Operator Core Network and we will continue to support both service providers with their successful integration and partnership.’