Nokia has picked up an exclusive contract of 400 million euro from Taiwan’s second largest telco – Taiwan Mobile. The operator will use Nokia’s 5G core, radio infrastructure (RAN) and IMS for its next-gen network. Taiwan Mobile’s 5G network will be in a three-year transition which will shift its operating mode from non-standalone to standalone. It will also use Nokia’s cloud and security software.
Nokia has previously partnered with Taiwan Mobile for its legacy networks. It has a key role in telco’s 5G development. Taiwan Mobile is currently holding 60 MHz chunk of 3.5 GHz band (sub-6) and 200 MHz in 28 GHz band (mmWave). Nokia has also partly partnered with Taiwan Mobile’s biggest competitor – Chungwa Telecom, where it will handle 5G radio deployment in south and central Taiwan. Chungwa will be using Ericsson’s equipment for 5G core as well as RAN.
This duo of Ericsson and Nokia equipment has been in use by a number of telcos in Asia-Pacific region, which includes SoftBank from Japan, Singtel from Singapore and Optus from Australia.