Ericsson will deploy its AI-powered solution for continuous optimisation of 5G network performance in Taiwan


The expanded partnership will cover full network design, planning and optimisation services. (Credit: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson)

Swedish networking company Ericsson has expanded its 5G partnership with Taiwanese communications service provider Far EasTone Telecom (FET).

The new deal builds on the existing 5G partnership between the two firms, including the launch of commercial 5G in July last year.

Under the expanded partnership, Ericsson has been selected as FET’s vendor for 5G Standalone (SA) and Non-standalone (NSA) dual-mode 5G Core and Voice over LTE (VoLTE) services.

Ericsson will help the expansion of FET’s 5G NSA capabilities and SA evolution on the low, mid- and high-band frequencies.

The expanded partnership will cover full network design, planning and optimisation services as well as end-to-end network orchestration and management.

The services provided under the new deal are expected to enable FET to maximise its spectrum assets, with the expansion of its mid-band base stations and modernisation of its existing low-band stations.

To ensure continuous optimisation for 5G network performance and enhanced user experience, Ericsson will deploy its AI-powered cognitive optimisation for the first time in Taiwan.

Ericsson Taiwan president Chafic Nassif said: “The value of this partnership is unique and significant at the same time.

“Our close collaboration with FET to deliver a world-leading network shows the benefit of combining end-to-end efficient network assets with operational efficiency, to improve customer experience.

“Together with FET, we are keen to continue to drive next-generation 5G-powered opportunities and innovative services for both industry and consumers in Taiwan.”

As part of the expanded partnership with FET, Ericsson will also offer a turnkey solution to deploy cloud-native dual-mode 5G Core, including the container-based Ericsson Cloud Packet Core, Ericsson Cloud Unified Data Management and Policy, Ericsson Cloud Native Infrastructure and Ericsson Orchestrator.

With Ericsson Cloud VoLTE solution, FET will gain capabilities to enhance the voice user experience in the current 4G networks. The solution will also serve as the foundation for voice use cases and 5G voice.

Ericsson Radio System products, including antenna-integrated radios (AIR) for mid-band and millimetre wave, are also part of the new deal.

In January this year, Ericsson has rolled out a 5G network slicing solution for radio access networks (RAN) to enable network operators to deliver new 5G use cases to consumers and enterprises.