Ericsson and Chunghwa Telecom, the biggest telecom operator in Taiwan, have signed a Cooperation Memorandum for a joint 5G pilot project. The announcement was made at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today. The idea is to demonstrate 5G capabilities and facilitate for industrial partners to develop 5G applications. The two companies will deploy a 5G network at designated sites in the beginning of 2019.

City view of Taipei

The joint project builds on a 5G Memorandum of Understanding signed by Ericsson and Chunghwa Telecom last year, and will accelerate the deployment of 5G in Taiwan. It will also help realize Chunghwa Telecom’s 5G pre-commercialization plan for 2020.

According to Chi-Mau Sheih, President of Chunghwa Telecom, the trial network will use 3.5GHz and 28GHz frequency bands, test interoperability between 5G and 4G, and validate innovative applications. Chunghwa Telecom will enable consumers to experience 5G services, connect local industries to their international counterparts, and create new business opportunities. 

Chris Houghton, Head of Market Area North East Asia at Ericsson, explains that ITU has pushed ahead with the standardization, which means that Ericsson will be able to launch 5G network solutions earlier and support Chunghwa Telecom.

As a leading operator in Taiwan and an owner of a large-scale research institute, Chunghwa Telecom is an active member of international 5G organizations such as 3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Project) and NGMN (Next Generation Mobile Networks).