Nokia to help Taiwan Star extend its 5G footprint; cellco reports 260k 5G users

20 Jul 2021

Finnish vendor Nokia has been selected by Taiwan Star Telecom (T STAR) to extend the latter’s 5G footprint across the country. The vendor, a long-term partner of T STAR, will provide equipment from its 5G AirScale portfolio to support the Taiwanese cellco’s 5G standalone (SA) network ‘with seamless integration and a fast deployment time’. Nokia will reportedly supply equipment from its comprehensive AirScale portfolio to meet a variety of deployment scenarios, including its enhanced, next-generation AirScale Indoor (ASiR) system for retail and office environments. Meanwhile, T STAR will also utilise the EN-DC functionality available on Nokia’s AirScale radios; EN-DC allows devices to connect simultaneously to 5G and LTE networks, transmitting and receiving data across both air-interface technologies. According to the vendor, this will allow devices to achieve a higher throughput than when connecting to 5G or LTE alone.

Commenting, Cliff Lai, President of T STAR, said: ‘It is imperative that our customers receive the best possible 5G services in terms of performance and coverage. Our continuing partnership with Nokia will see us expand and enhance our 5G offering ensuring they receive best-in-class experiences.’

In separate but related news, the Taipei Times reports that T STAR has now signed up a total of 260,000 5G subscribers since commercialising the technology in August last year. Citing a statement issued by the operator, the local press outlet noted that the cellco said it is now aiming to increase the number of customers on a 5G plan to 500,000 by the end of 2021.

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