Nokia expands LTE services for Taiwan Star Telecom

05 July 2019 | Laurence Doe

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Nokia’s end-to-end solution has been chosen by Taiwan Star Telecom (TST) to prepare it for 5G migration and expand the coverage and capacity of the regional MNO’s LTE network to support subscriber growth.

The new solution will also enable Taipei-headquartered TST to offer narrowband Internet of Things services and expand its coverage in the 900MHz/2600Mhz band nationwide by using the Nokia end-to-end 5G-ready portfolio.

Jason Liu, head of the market unit Taiwan Nokia, said: "We have been especially pleased to be chosen as the sole supplier to TST for their LTE expansion. Working closely with TST to understand their vision and commitment to their customers has helped us to refine our approach and together build better solutions for LTE today and 5G tomorrow."

The Nokia 5G-ready solutions selected by TST include the AirScale eNodeB solution, which introduces the Nokia AirScale Remote Radio Head. This will help TST to cost-effectively create the capacity they need with more flexible cell sizes.

The diverse deployment options include macro, mini-macro and small cells for dense urban spots, grey/white spots, indoor and stadium coverage.

TST has also chosen the 7750 Mobile Gateway and Cloud Mobility Manager for expansion of the packet core, a 7750 Service Router for IP backbone expansion due to its reliability, high capacity, and 5G compatibility, and the Smart Plan Suite, which provides a full policy and charging solution and paves the way for 5G monetisation. 

Cliff Lai, CEO of Taiwan Star Telecom, said: "We are always striving to provide our customers with better, more reliable services at the best price point. Nokia shares our vision for how to best meet the future needs of our customers with the expansion of our LTE coverage and the eventual migration to 5G services."

Nokia has recently been active in advancing 5G for South Korea. SK Telecom signed agreements with Nokia as well as Ericsson and Samsung Electronics in order to research and develop advanced 5G and 6G mobile network technologies.

In June, Nokia claimed to have made more commercial 5G deals than any other vendor with operators around the world.