Nokia to pick up an exclusive 5G contract from Taiwan Mobile

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.

India’s Jio to test its own 5G equipment

India’s telecom giant Jio backed by Jio Platforms, is currently seeking the permission of authorities to start the lab testing its 5G equipment. Jio has designed its 5G hardware in-house. The telco is looking forward to taking control of the end-to-end testing process, once the permission is granted. A test network will be set up on its campus in Mumbai. After the trials are successful, the hardware can be made in India along with its IoT counterpart. There will not be any involvement of third-party, as officials mentioned..

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Jio has developed its own 5G technology to minimize dependency on other foreign vendors. This will bring huge cost-related advantages to the company. Vietnam’s state-owned Viettel is currently the only telco that has developed its own technology to replace third-party equipment. Jio is going to follow the suite, keeping in mind the Aatmanirbhar Bhaarat (self-reliant India) movement initiated by the Government of India. The operator also has a huge budget to invest in research and development.

Jio is currently the only all-IP 4G-only network in India, which will make it easier to set up a 5G network. For its LTE-Advanced network, the telco mainly relies on South Korea’s Samsung. Jio’s parent company Jio Platforms has attracted a lot of investors in the past couple of months, with a total investment of $13 billion. The largest stake was purchased by social media giant Facebook (9.99%).