Taiwanese mobile network operator Far EasTone (FET) has inked a deal with Ericsson under which the latter will become its major LTE equipment supplier. According to the Swedish vendor it will provide hardware, software and support services, while rolling out a multi-access RAN and core network for both 3G and 4G services, as well as assisting with network optimisation. The announcement of the agreement follows reports at the end of last month which claimed that FET had inked a deal with the local subsidiary of the Swedish vendor under which it would procure 4G equipment worth TWD9.843 billion (USD324 million).
With the deal now confirmed officially, Yvonne Li, president of FET noted: ‘We are looking forward to this 4G implementation and offering our users an improved experience in terms of smartphone and mobile broadband usage in a very competitive market.’ Meanwhile, Jan Signell, head of Ericsson Region North East Asia, said: ‘We are pleased to extend our successful long-term partnership with FET by providing them with our LTE radio and core network. FET will now be able to offer its customers improved speeds and reliability, with the opportunity to expand as future needs grow.’
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, FET acquired LTE-suitable spectrum in the 700MHz and 1800MHz bands following the state’s frequency auction which concluded in October 2013, and while it only intends to use the 700MHz band initially it is understood that the equipment it is purchasing will be capable of operating using both 700MHz and 1800MHz frequencies.