Taiwan-based Far EasTone chose Ericsson to supply a standalone (SA) and non-standalone (NSA) dual-mode 5G core and VoLTE equipment, as the operator gears up to launch SA services.
In a statement, Ericsson said its equipment will support new NSA capabilities and the move to SA using low-, mid- and high-band frequencies. The deal covers its Radio System products, including antenna-integrated radios for mid-band and mmWave, and network design, planning and optimisation services.
Ericsson said the systems “will maximise Far EasTone’s spectrum assets by expanding its mid-band base station and modernising existing low-band sites”. It asserted the VoLTE system will enable the operator “to improve voice user experience in current 4G networks” and provide “the foundation” for 5G calling.
The operator plans to boost 2021 capex 32 per cent to TWD14.4 billion ($518 million), with more than half earmarked for 5G network construction as it targets doubling its existing 7,600 sites by the year-end and 90 per cent population coverage.Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back