FET and Ericsson sign MOU to establish 5G laboratory in Taiwan

Taiwanese multi-service operator Far EasTone (FET) has signed an MoU with Ericsson to establish 5G laboratory in Taiwan.

According to the Taipei Times, the collaboration between the two companies is part of FET’s efforts to create an open 5G ecosystem, while it is looking to begin trials of next generation mobile technology in 2018, ahead of a commercial launch in 2020.

The laboratory, which is to locate at T-Park, a telecom park in Banciao District in new Taipei City, is expected to commence its official operations in the third quarter of 2016, FET said.

Under the terms of the MoU, FET will set up its 5G laboratory in New Taipei City’s Banciao District in the next quarter, and, with a view to accelerating research progress, the facility will be open to hardware makers, software developers and platform developers.

While Ericsson will provide advanced 5G technology and telecom equipment to the laboratory, FET will focus its application development efforts on smart traffic, multimedia platforms and smart energy development/conservation, said company president Yvonne Li.

After launching 5G services, FET and other telecom operators in Taiwan are expected to see their revenue share of their voice/data connectivity businesses to gradually decline to 50% from the current 80%, while application services will account for 30% and multimedia platform services 20%, Li estimated.

‘We are seeking a clearer picture of the 5G business. The cooperation with Ericsson will help us be better prepared to offer 5G services,’ FET chairman Douglas Hsu was cited as saying.

FET aslo plans to recruit 2,000 new employees in 2016 as it aims to further develop its application and platform services, Li added.