Nokia to power Chunghwa's 5G network expansion in Taiwan

Nokia to power Chunghwa's 5G network expansion in Taiwan

Finland-based smartphone manufacturer Nokia has announced that it has been selected by Taiwanese carrier Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) to expand the operator’s 5G network in Taiwan.

Chunghwa Telecom plans to expand its network coverage to 80 percent of the population and increase its 5G subscriber base to 20 percent of its current subscriber base. Chunghwa Telecom will adopt products from Nokia's AirScale portfolio.

The Finnish vendor said in a press release that it has been a long-term partner of CHT, since the 2G era. The expansion focuses on high-traffic areas, as well as locations with high business demand, including metropolitan cities, universities, subways, high-speed rail stations, industrial parks, and exhibition halls, and over 120 highly populated tourist hotspots.

CHT is also expecting to further expand its enterprise footprint by enhancing its 4G/5G coverage as well as deploying private network solutions.
Dr. Max Chen, President of Mobile Division, Chunghwa Telecom, said: “This is a continuation of our innovative and ambitious approach to small cell deployment across Taiwan. We are an existing customer of Nokia’s 4G small cells portfolio and had no hesitation in also adopting their 5G products for the first wave of deployment.”

According to the release, the deal includes the deployment of products from Nokia’s AirScale portfolio, including AirScale base stations and AirScale radio access products. These will include industry-leading Massive MIMO radios, enabling CHT to boost the capacity of the existing spectrum and increase throughput.

Nokia’s AirScale products offer huge capacity scaling and market-leading latency and connectivity, as well as supporting current and future technology trends, including network slicing and Cloud RAN, it said.

The network will be designed specifically to leverage Nokia’s 5G radio solutions to support enterprise use cases. Chunghwa Telecom will strengthen its cooperation with leading local manufacturers for industrial 4.0 applications using solutions in 3.5GHz and 28GHz spectrum to meet the high throughput requirements.

“Supporting enterprise and individual customers through advanced 5G services is an important focus for Chunghwa Telecom,” Alex C.C. Chien, President of Mobile Business Group, Chunghwa Telecom, said in a statement.

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