Earlier this week, both Nokia and Ericsson have won a 5G RAN contract with Taiwanese telco, Chunghwa Telecom. Both companies are extremely pleased about the collaboration and have both issued press releases revealing their plans for development with Chunghwa Telecom.
According to the agreement, Ericsson will be assisting Chunghwa with high and mid frequency 5G radios on both SA and NSA basis. Ericsson will be the sole supplier for the 5G core and will ultimately provide fronthaul and IP backhaul transport. Nokia has been less specific in their press release, simply referring to SA, 5G and NSA radio over multiple bands.
Chafic Nassif, President of Ericsson Taiwan says: “Our enhanced 5G platform perfectly suits CHT’s needs to quickly launch new services to the market. This cooperation will serve to not only provide Taiwanese consumers and enterprises with the highest quality communication services but also accelerate the overall progress of 5G development in Taiwan.”
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.”
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.” Chen also added, “The transformation empowered by Nokia’s 5G technology will undoubtedly revolutionize the way we interact with the world. Chunghwa Telecom is committed to delivering industry-leading 5G to its consumer and enterprise customers, and we have every confidence in Nokia delivering this in a quick and reliable rollout.”