Chunghwa Telecom, the largest operator in Taiwan with over 10 million mobile subscribers, has chosen Nokia Solutions and Networks as a supplier to its 4G LTE network, targeting a fast and smooth roll-out in 2014.
In addition, the operator extended its existing contract with NSN as sole supplier of its island-wide 3G HSPA+ network to further increase the network capacity.
Under the contract, NSN will implement an LTE radio access network with its market-leading Flexi Multiradio base stations. The company will also expand its 3G network nationwide, ensuring smooth and smart 3G and LTE interworking.
As another part of the radio access deal, NSN will enable voice services for LTE smartphone users with its circuit-switched fallback (CSFB) technology, which allows an LTE handset to ‘fall back’ to the 3G network to complete circuit-switched calls and SMS alongside LTE mobile broadband data services.
NSN will provide its full turnkey solution for network deployment. The deal also includes network planning and optimisation, system integration, technical consultancy and care services. The operations support system (OSS) will be based on NSN’s cloud-ready NetAct platform for efficient and flexible network operations.
“We are launching the LTE network to meet the ever-increasing subscriber expectations for fast-speed mobile broadband. Having a reliable vendor with an excellent track record to support our ambitious roll-out target is crucial for us,” said Kuo-Feng Lin, president, mobile business group at Chunghwa Telecom. “Our successful collaboration with NSN dates back almost 15 years, starting in 1999 with the deployment of our 2G GPRS core network and evolving over the years to 3G and now 4G.”
“Our success in the first 4G battle in Taiwan shows that NSN continues to be a strong leader in the LTE market,” said Markus Borchert, president and head of customer operations, Greater China at NSN. “While this is a new LTE reference for NSN, our high-quality products and services together with a long-term understanding of Chunghwa Telecom’s network gave us the competitive edge that led to the operator’s decision to select us as one of its 4G vendors.”