Chunghwa Telecom to Use Ericsson and Nokia Products For 5G’s Commercial Launch

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  • Chunghwa Telecom will use Ericsson’s vendor’s Radio System base stations and Ericsson’s 5G Core
  • Nokia said that it has been selected to leverage Chunghwa Telecom’s existing LTE install base and spectrum resources to launch 5G non-standalone

Taiwanese carrier Chunghwa Telecom has selected Ericsson and Nokia as 5G RAN vendors. It plans to launch commercial 5G service in July based on the non-standalone (NSA) architecture. Chunghwa Telecom will run it on the 3.5 GHz and 28 GHz bands.

Chunghwa Telecom will use Ericsson’s vendor’s Radio System base stations and Ericsson’s 5G Core, which includes 5G Evolved Packet Core. Ericsson will also provide the fronthaul and IP backhaul transport solution using Fronthaul 6000 and Router 6000 products. This will support C-RAN architecture.

Max Chen, president of the mobile business group, Chunghwa Telecom, said, “In the process of upgrading to 5G networks, we need to shorten the time it takes to launch new features. Ericsson’s 5G core solution enables our 4G core to flexibly evolve into a shared 4G/5G network. Meanwhile, Ericsson’s Cloud VoLTE solution will allow our customers to enjoy a more convenient and higher quality 4G voice service today as well as 5G voice services in the future.”

Standalone architecture in the near future

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Nokia said that it has been selected to leverage Chunghwa Telecom’s existing LTE install base and spectrum resources to launch 5G non-standalone (NSA). This will involve multiple bands that will build the way for the launch of 5G via a standalone architecture in the near future.

Tommi Uitto, president of mobile networks at Nokia, said, “Our technology will assist Chunghwa Telecom in its early launch of 5G services in Taiwan, while also allowing it to explore new revenue generators across consumer and enterprise markets. As one of the pioneering members of Chunghwa Telecom’s Taiwan 5G Alliance, we will jointly promote the digital transformation for public and private sectors to accelerate 5G momentum in Taiwan.”

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