Taiwan’s Asia Pacific Telecom (APT) has reportedly established the country’s first ‘5G Non-Standalone (NSA) Multi-Operator Core Network (MOCN) in shared spectrum and network architecture’, doing so powered by technology from Swedish vendor Ericsson. In a press release regarding the development, the equipment manufacturer noted that it had secured the contract with APT earlier this year to modernise its island-wide 4G LTE networks and deploy the 5G NSA MOCN. APT’s current radio access network (RAN) equipment has now reportedly been replaced with Ericsson’s high-performing RAN solutions from its 5G-ready Ericsson Radio System portfolio as well as 5G NSA licences to do 5G MOCN. Ericsson claims its unique solution allows APT to dynamically operate between 4G and 5G networks, enabling new, flexible, and efficient ways to share network infrastructure and reduce a significant amount of capital expenditure and energy consumption. As part of the modernisation effort, Ericsson has also supplied its Ericsson Network Manager and OSS migration services to APT.
Previously, in September 2020 APT announced a collaboration with rival Taiwanese cellco Far EasTone (FET) to provide 5G services using the latter’s spectrum in the 3.5GHz band via MOCN, and with it now being able to do so, APT’s president Nan Ren Huang said of the development: ‘APT is pleased to work with Ericsson to deploy the first 5G MOCN in Taiwan within half a year. APT will provide subscribers a premium 5G experience with high speed connectivity, powered by the spectrum and network sharing architecture in 3.5GHz frequency band with 80MHz bandwidth.’