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Nokia extends partnership with TST to expand 5G footprint in Taiwan

Taiwanese mobile operator Taiwan Star Telecom (TST) has partnered with Nokia to extend its 5G footprint across the island. The latter has been a long-term partner of TST, and will provide equipment from its latest 5G AirScale portfolio which will support TST’s 5G standalone (SA) network with integration and a fast deployment time. 

For instance, Nokia will supply its enhanced next-generation AirScale Indoor (ASiR) system for retail and office environments. The compact, flexible indoor system is designed to upgrade to 5G New Radio (NR) via plug-and-play with minimal on-site work. 

TST will also utilise the EN-DC functionality available on Nokia’s AirScale radios. EN-DC allows devices to connect simultaneously to 5G and LTE networks, transmitting and receiving data across both air-interface technologies. More specifically, this empowers the devices to achieve a higher throughput than when connecting to 5G or LTE alone, Nokia claimed. 

TST’s 5G SA network can extend the potential of 5G, unlocking new services such as Voice over 5G New Radio (VoNR) for enhanced call services. Furthermore, Nokia’s 5G portfolio ensures a migration path and a fast deployment for TST to support its requirements. 

Tommi Uitto, President of Mobile Networks at Nokia, said: “We are delighted to continue our journey with TST as their 5G vendor. This is an important project that will see us support their expanded delivery of 5G services to even more areas across Taiwan.” 

Last summer, TST launched 5G services utilising the 40MHz of bandwidth in the 3.5GHz band it had previously secured. Nokia revealed that early deployment saw 80% covered in densely populated areas last year, with 100% in Taiwan expected to be covered by 2023.

“It is imperative that our customers receive the best possible 5G services in terms of performance and coverage. Our continuing partnership with Nokia will see us expand and enhance our 5G offering, ensuring they receive best-in-class experiences,” Cliff Lai, President of TST, concluded.

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