The MoU agreement signed between Far EasTone and Ericsson in June focuses on the network for the future to drive Taiwanese digitalization.
The initiative includes constructing a new joint AI lab and expanding existing 5G Lab capabilities to evaluate network evolution strategies and continue building a future network.
FET will join the Ericsson Startup 5G program to evaluate potential partners and use cases for 5G monetization.
Far EasTone(FET) Telecom announced to have established the first dual-mode 5G core lab in Taiwan with Ericsson following signing an MoU in expanding 5G partnership together last month.
FET has reportedly set up a 5G Standalone testing platform that has gone into operation. As part of the agreement, Ericsson supports the expansion of FET’s 5G Lab to conduct new advanced technology trials and demonstrations, such as 5G network slicing, edge computing, private networks, fixed wireless access(FWA), and network exposure functions.
What is the dual-mode 5G?
While the 5G network is swiping across the globe, it actually contains two types of networks, the Non-Standalone(NSA) 5G New Radio and the Standalone(SA) 5G New Radio, depending on how service providers make transitions from 4G to 5G. The NSA deployments are mostly adopted in early rollouts and faster applications since it is aided by the existing 4G LTE infrastructure to obtain higher speed and provide higher data bandwidth. However, improvements in latency are limited. On the other hand, Standalone 5G will be the main character in facilitating industry digitalization, autonomous vehicles, and robotic surgeries which require low latency and higher capacity. The SA 5G infrastructure is free of the 4G LTE anchor band and taps into greater possibilities for enterprises.
Joint AI Lab
The partnership also includes a joint AI Lab for network automation performance and efficiency trials to be constructed. In addition, FET is set to take part in the Ericsson Startup 5G program, which introduces operators to technology innovation partners to develop next-generation 5G consumer use cases. FET will be able to tap into Ericsson’s ConsumerLab research and analytical data, as well as gain exclusive access to a worldwide network of 5G startups.
Taiwan’s 5G penetration will reach 30% by the end of 2021
“The 5G market is moving extremely fast in Taiwan,” OpenSignal describes in their industry report. And predicts 5G penetration to reach 30% of mobile broadband users by the end of 2021, citing Lexology. By the end of 2021, Chunghua Telecom is aiming for 2 million 5G users, and FET challenging 5G users to reach 30% of its total mobile broadband subscribers. But whether the outcome will have a similar figure still depends on the monthly subscription fees set by service providers.
Although the SA 5G New Radio is costly, FET sees a bright outlook for the uprising 5G network empowered industry digitalization. For example, the internet of things, smart manufacturing, telemedicine, self-driving cars, and remote working. And as the technology matures, FET believes the cost will go down over time, and the potential market will boom.