Taiwan Mobile rolls out 5G standalone core with Nokia


Nokia has deployed an autonomous 5G core network for Taiwan Mobile, building on the partner network agreement announced last year.

Nokia in 2020 won a three-year contract as the sole supplier of Taiwan Mobile’s Radio Access Network (RAN), Core and 5G IMS. Taiwan Mobile started last year with the non-autonomous rollout of 5G. As part of the deal, worth around € 400m, the partners aimed to migrate from the NSA version, which still relies on existing 4G, to SA 5G by mid-2023. .

The Finnish provider has already deployed voice core, cloud packet core, subscriber data management, signaling, network exposure, policy controller, cloud infrastructure and security management for radio transport as part of the contract.

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Now that SA 5G is ready, Taiwan Mobile is preparing for more advanced 5G services that target businesses and enterprises. This includes features like network slicing and more robust network services and performance for things like smart city solutions, with the goal of delivering ultra-low latency and massive IoT.

‘Possessing the agility of network slicing to quickly customize the network to suit different use cases, Taiwan Mobile will be able to accelerate the time to market to provide a wide variety of services for all. world and to enable businesses to embrace Industry 4.0, “said Tom Koh, SVP and CTO, Technology Group at Taiwan Mobile, in a statement.” SA technology is built on a cloud, independent architecture. infrastructure by design, which marks a critical step towards an agile fully software-based virtualization network. ”

Taiwan Mobile said on Friday that it was the first to pass the National Communication Council’s 5G SA system certification. Koh noted that his first effort is to create 5G networks for private companies during the initial rollout.

“As Taiwan Mobile finalizes the construction of the 5G SA framework, we will also provide our corporate customers with dedicated 5G cellular towers in conjunction with the company’s core network services, working hand-in-hand with them to develop a vertical application of 5G-related services, “said CH Wu, chief commercial officer of Taiwan Mobile.

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Over the summer, Taiwan Mobile and Nokia claimed a “world first” for the aggregation of new radio operators that combined spectrum in the 700 MHz and 3500 MHz bands and took place in an SA 5G environment.

Taiwan Mobile was one of the operators that obtained spectrum licenses at auction in 2020, including 60 MHz in the 3.5 GHz band and 200 MHz in the 28 GHz band.

A report on the Dell’Oro group’s second quarter 2021 mobile core network showed that Nokia maintained its position as a leading supplier, behind Huawei and Ericsson and ahead of ZTE and Mavenir.

Nokia has 25 of the 40 major communications service providers as customers of its core networking products.