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Chunghwa Telecom Selects Ericsson for 5G Build in Taiwan

By Ken Briodagh
March 19, 2020

According to a recent release, Chunghwa Telecom has selected Ericsson to provide the 5G platform to support its future network in Taiwan. The telecom service provider reportedly will deploy a non-standalone (NSA) New Radio (NR) network on mid and high-frequency bands. It will 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.

Building on a partnership that began with 4G, this new deal includes voice services through Ericsson’s Cloud VoLTE solutions, and 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.

“In the process of upgrading to 5G networks, we need to shorten the time it takes to launch new features,” said Max Chen, President of the Mobile Business Group, Chunghwa Telecom. “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.”

“Our enhanced 5G platform perfectly suits CHT’s needs to quickly launch new services to the market,” added Chafic Nassif, President, Ericsson Taiwan. “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.”

Advanced functionality to optimize user experience

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. The 5G solution will also include active antenna products while supporting beam-forming functions that reduce wireless signal interference and improve 5G speed. In addition, CHT will benefit from increased system capacity and improved 5G user experience through 4G/5G dual connectivity and LTE-NR DL data aggregation functions.

Ericsson's 5G core solution will support both 4G and 5G core networks to smoothly connect CHT's previous services to 5G. Other functionality includes automated capacity management and a high-performance user plane control that can meet the needs of 5G usage while providing an open application program interface.

Chunghwa Telecom has been working with Ericsson on 5G technology since 2017. The two companies are jointly developing 5G enterprise applications and support government policies to promote industrial transformation.


Ken Briodagh is a storyteller, writer and editor with about two decades of experience under his belt. He is in love with technology and if he had his druthers would beta test everything from shoe phones to flying cars.

Edited by Ken Briodagh
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