Taiwanese mobile network operator (MNO) Far EasTone (FET) and Swedish vendor Ericsson have announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) under which they will ‘expand the long-term partnership from network technology evolution to business partnership, to cultivate 5G new economy and an ecosystem’. In a press release regarding the development, the companies said that as part of the agreement, Ericsson will support the expansion of FET’s ‘5G Lab’ to conduct new advanced technology trials and demonstrations, such as 5G network slicing, edge computing, private networks, fixed wireless access and network exposure functions. Meanwhile, FET and Ericsson will leverage 5G Lab as an innovation platform for network evolution, catering for future network demands, with a joint AI Lab for network automation performance and efficiency trials to also be constructed. Further, the MNO will take part in the Ericsson Startup 5G programme, which introduces operators to technology innovation partners to develop next-generation 5G consumer use cases.
This new MoU is reportedly designed to build on the successful partnership between Ericsson and FET by extending beyond a solely technology focus to include a greater business partnership and advisory component, supporting FET’s main focus areas of big data, AI, and IoT. Commenting, FET’s president Chee Ching said: ‘FET is pushing forward with 5G deployment to enable more applications with big data, AI, IoT technologies, through collaboration with partners in the ecosystem. FET and Ericsson have formed strong partnership over the years as we have worked through generations of Mobile technologies together, and the recent FET’s winning [number one] 5G network performance in Taiwan simply demonstrated such a great teamwork.’