Nokia has grabbed yet another 5G deal with Taiwan-based telecom service provider Chunghwa Telecom (CHT). Nokia has stated that it is a small-cell contract deal with Taiwan Mobile and Asia-Pacific Telecom (APT) and a 5G RAN contract from CHT. At the same time, CHT is also buying RAN equipment from Ericsson, its sole 5G core equipment provider for the past five years.
CHT’s future rollouts' extent and timing were not made clear, but deployment will complement CHT's existing base of over 2,500 sets of 4G small cells. "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," enthused Dr. Max Chen, President of CHT's mobile division.
Nokia has selected the AirScale indoor Radio (ASiR) as its network service provider for a 5G non-standalone (NSA) small cell solution, better indoor coverage and capacity, and the AirScale micro RRH for outdoor and urban hot spots. The coverage is being made possible in specific areas; business and tourist districts are under the limelight. Nokia has stated that the deployment of cell network towers have already started and around 140 5G small cells are in place.
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