In a new deal worth 400 million euros, which will run over the next three years, Nokia will work with Taiwan Mobile (TWM) as the sole supplier of its 5G network infrastructure, including 5G RAN, 5G Core and 5G IP Multimedia Services (IMS).
The new partnership – a massive win for Nokia, which has watched Ericsson secure a number of new deals in recent months – will kick off with the deployment of 5G non-standalone (NSA), with the aim of making a full migration to 5G standalone (SA) within the next three years.
“We are pleased to join forces with Nokia again in the 5G era,” explained Jamie Lin, President at Taiwan Mobile. “After the successful launch of 5G, both sides will continue to advance deployment and provide the best coverage and connectivity experiences in the market. More importantly, the two companies will work together to promote our "Super 5G Strategy," which integrates multiple vertical applications including smart e-commerce, smart stadium, smart healthcare and smart manufacturing. This approach is designed to build a thriving ecosystem that will create new possibilities for every user and enterprise in the 5G era.”
5G RAN portfolio
Nokia will provide TWM with its 5G RAN portfolio, including its Nokia AirScale Radio Access products. And Nokia will also provide its AirScale Micro Remote Radio Head (RRH) solution, which will enable TWM to meet the demand for capacity and coverage, indoor and out, with the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO).
“We have enjoyed a long-standing partnership with Taiwan Mobile, supporting them in the delivery of 2G, 3G, 4G networks and we look forward to continuing this in the 5G era as their sole supplier, “ said Tommi Uitto, President of Mobile Networks at Nokia. “Our end-to-end portfolio, global reach and commitment to a more sustainable world will help Taiwan Mobile execute its ambitious 5G strategy and plans for a fast roll-out.”
Network functions and applications will be deployed on top of Nokia’s CloudBand Infrastructure Software and Application Manager and Network Director cloud management products; Radio network optimization will be managed with EdenNet Self-Organizing Networks and Nokia Performance Manager. NetAct Network Management is being deployed to operate the infrastructure, and Archive Cloud will be deployed to support business continuity requirements.
TWM claimed 60MHz in the 3.5GHz band and 200MHz in the 28GHz band in the country’s spectrum auction in January, and when it makes the full transition to 5G SA, TWM will take advantage of Nokia’s Cloud Packet Core portfolio, including the Access and Mobility Management Function, User Plane Function, Session Management Function, Network Function Repository Function and the Network Slice Selection Function and Policy Control Function.
Nokia has a long relationship with TWM, having previously provided the technology for its 2G, 3G and 4G mobile networks.