Chunghwa Telecom receives first license in Taiwan for 5G services

Taiwan to embrace new 5G networks

Telecom companies all over the world are leading the way in the deployment of 5G infrastructure and services. All nations rely on the quality of their services to improve connectivity, productivity, economic growth and international competitiveness.

While the coronavirus has been a disruptive force in the implementation of next generation technology. According to a report in, Taiwan has an excellent telecommunication infrastructure and competitive mobile market and is making steady progress thanks to the defensive nature of their industry.


According to reports, high penetration resulted in strong competition between the country’s three primary operators which accelerated the development of 4G networks for consumers. At present, the country is experiencing the same pattern with 5G, with operators gearing up to deploy the network in a range of bands later in 2020.


Chunghwa Telecom is the first telco in Taiwan to receive a license for 5G services, affirmed the National Communications Commission (NCC), which regulates telecommunications and broadcasting services in Taiwan. Chunghwa Telecom expects to launch its initial 5G network services in July based on the non-standalone (NSA) architecture next month.


The NCC decided to award the 5G license to the operator after reviewing its progress toward a 5G rollout. They have been proactively deploying 5G base stations in the municipalities of Taipei, New Taipei, Taoyuan, Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung.


Chunghwa Telecom will use kit from Swedish tech giant, Ericsson, to build its 5G network. Ericsson 5G platform includes, Ericsson Radio System base stations that will operate on 3.5 GHz for the mid-band and 28 GHz for the high band. The 5G solution will also include active antenna products while supporting beam-forming functions that reduce wireless signal interference and improve 5G speed, the vendor 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,” said Max Chen, President of the Mobile Business Group, Chunghwa Telecom.


In addition, Far EasTone, Taiwan Mobile and Taiwan Star Telecom, have all secured 5G spectrum at auction and are expected to launch services in the coming months.