With the 5G race in full swing, Nokia, Ericsson and Huawei are fighting for contracts with different operators, while Huawei is also fighting a political war in most Western countries. In Taiwan, Nokia scored a win with Asia Pacific Telecom that selected Nokia as the exclusive vendor for their standalone and non-standalone 5G network upgrade.
As part of the exclusive deal, Nokia will deliver a number of AirScale solutions to allow “ultra-fast data speeds, ultra-low latency, and a new level of connectivity.” The deal will also include the deploy of Nokia’s software spanning Core Network, monetization and security, while bringing the network to the cloud with “cloud-native Cloud Mobile Gateway (CMG) and Cloud Mobility Manager (CMM) appliance solutions, from Nokia’s Cloud Packet Core (CPC) portfolio.”
The new AirFrame data center solution is included as well to support cloud-based applications. APT plans to launch commercial 5G by the end of this year, and also plans to target enterprise customers and introduce services as cloud gaming, virtual reality, augmented reality and streaming services to subscribers.