Swedish equipment vendor Ericsson was chosen by Taiwanese operator Asia-Pacific Telecom (APT), to modernise its national 4G network with non-standalone 5G-ready equipment and services.
Under the agreement, Ericsson will provide RAN equipment from its 5G-ready Ericsson Radio System portfolio and 5G non-standalone licenses related to 5G Multi-Operator Core Networks (MOCN).
APT and rival Far EasTone Telecommunications announced a partnership to launch commercial 5G services on the 3.5GHz frequency band through the country’s first MOCN, in a bid to launch commercial service faster. A MOCN is a where two operators or more share core networks and the same RAN and bandwidth, Ericsson explained.
Chafic Nassif, Ericsson Taiwan president said: “Ericsson continues to accelerate the overall progress of 5G development in Taiwan, supporting both APT and FET to quickly launch new services to market and provide Taiwanese consumers and enterprises with the highest quality communication services. Our enhanced 5G platform provides the technological backbone for the nation’s first Multi-Operator Core Network and we will continue to support both service providers with their successful integration and partnership.”
Ericsson now has 124 commercial 5G contracts with service providers globally.