And in a separate deal also announced on Wednesday, Chunghwa Telecom has selected Nokia as 5G RAN vendor to be responsible for 5G network deployment in the Central and Southern Region of Taiwan.
The deal with Ericsson will see Chunghwa Telecom use Ericsson Radio System base stations and Ericsson’s 5G Core, including 5G Evolved Packet Core, with Ericsson selected as the supplier for 5G Core.
The Ericsson deal builds on a partnership with Chunghwa that began with 4G, with this new deal including voice services through Ericsson’s Cloud VoLTE solutions, designed to improve network efficiency and ensuring a flexible voice service experience.
Ericsson will also provide the fronthaul and IP backhaul transport solution using Fronthaul 6000 and Router 6000 products to support C-RAN architecture – infrastructure that will help CHT with a smooth evolution to 5G.
Max Chen, President of the Mobile Business Group, Chunghwa Telecom, says: "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."
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.”
Ericsson's 5G platform for CHT will include Ericsson Radio System base stations that will operate on 3.5GHz for the mid-band and 28GHz for the high band - with the 5G solution also including active antenna products while supporting beam-forming functions that reduce wireless signal interference and improve 5G speed.
In addition, Ericsson says CHT will benefit from increased system capacity and improved 5G user experience through 4G/5G dual connectivity and LTE-NR DL data aggregation functions, with the solution also enabling more effective management of data traffic, simplified operations, and innovative applications, such as network slicing and edge computing.
With Nokia, the rollout by Ericsson, is already underway, with Chunghwa targetting July for the launch of its 5G services, including 4K and VR.
The deal sees Nokia leverage Chunghwa Telecom’s existing LTE install base and spectrum resources to launch 5G non-standalone (NSA) involving multiple bands, paving the way to 5G standalone (SA).
According to Nokia with its deploy services, which form part of the deal, network evolution can be brought up to speed faster, and the deployment will also see the network benefitting from the latest 5G “Powered by Reefshark” solutions.
Nokia has been working with Chunghwa Telecom since 1973 in developing fixed network infrastructure in Taiwan, and in recent years, it has worked closely in preparing the operator for 5G, including 5G technology verification, interoperability and development testing (IoDT), as well as use case demonstrations ranging from consumer applications to enterprise scenarios.
“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,” said Tommi Uitto, President of Mobile Networks at Nokia.
“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 Chunghwa Telecom Mobile Business Group, said: “The transformation empowered by Nokia’s 5G technology will undoubtedly revolutionise 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.”