FET (Far EasTone), Ericsson to expand cooperation on 5G, IoT in Taiwan

From left: FET President Yvonne Li, FET Chairperson Douglas Hsu, Ericsson President & CEO Jan Frykhammar, and Head of Ericsson Taiwan Håkan Cervell.

Taiwan —
Ericsson announced the extension of its contract with Far EasTone Telecommunications (FET).

Under the terms, Ericsson will deploy its new radio technology on the 2.6 GHz frequency band in FET’s network, allowing the operator to roll out a combined LTE FDD/TDD network.

Adding TDD to the already installed FDD network significantly enhances the total downlink data capacity and improves subscribers’ mobile broadband experience. In addition, FDD/TDD extends the app coverage of the TDD layer by up to 230 percent.

This joint effort marks an additional important step in leading network performance with the shared vision to bring 5G to Taiwan. FET and Ericsson have previously announced a strategic 5G partnership to join forces identifying and developing 5G use cases, requirements and business applications for industry transformation. Both parties have together set up the first 5G Lab in Taiwan, and demonstrated the capability of achieving speeds up to 1 Gbps.

As part of the 5G partnership and to support FET’s development and ambition in the Internet of Things (IoT) market, the two companies have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to further cooperate in Transportation, Media and Utilities domains. In the future, Ericsson’s connected vessel solution with FET’s EMMA (Enterprise Mobility Messaging Assistant) will be offered to global shipping enterprises.

Yvonne Li, President Far EasTone, said, “The global size, scope and footprint of both Far EasTone and Ericsson means that combining our resources, innovative solutions and sales forces in Transportation, Media and Utilities will result in favorable outcomes for both companies, as well as better solutions for our joint customers in these industries. Adding the optimal mobile broadband experience for our customers is a key ingredient to our success.
The new contract extension with the addition of both FDD and TDD in our network reflects our full commitment to having the best mobile broadband offering possible.”

Ericsson will also provide a core network expansion, optimization services and a software upgrade service for both Core and Radio Access Network (RAN), to provide more capacity and peak throughput to improve the mobile broadband experience for FET’s customers. The Core network expansion includes e.g. expansion and SW upgrade of Evolved packet core, Policy control, VoLTE/IMS and User data consolidation.

Chris Houghton, Head of Region North East Asia, Ericsson, said, “Far EasTone is one of the leading telecommunications companies in Taiwan. Our two companies have a long and successful history of leading the industry in the region with innovative offerings for customers. Under our deepened cooperation, we will continue to pave the way and provide a cutting-edge mobile broadband experience for Taiwanese consumers and transformation for industry partners.”