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Meta Platforms, HTC and LIONS Technology discussed how Taiwan can contribute to the 5G OpenRAN ecosystem

Meta Platforms, HTC and LIONS Technology discussed how Taiwan can contribute to the 5G OpenRAN ecosystem

At Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2022, Taiwan’s Industrial Development Bureau, an agency of the Ministry of Economic Affairs that oversees Taiwan’s 5G development, released a virtual panel featuring Meta Platforms, a global leader and  advocate that supports ecosystem growth for open, disaggregated, and standards-based technology solutions, HTC, a leading innovation in smart mobile device and experience design company, LIONS Technology, a leading company for O-RAN compliant 5G solution providers for non-public network (NPN) applications to discuss Taiwan’s potential contributions to the development of open radio access network (Open RAN) ecosystem.

Open RAN puts great emphasis on the disaggregation between hardware and software, and provides more flexibility and agility in network deployment. As Jang-Hwa gLeu, Director General, Industrial Development Bureau, Ministry of Economic Affairs of Taiwan shared in the opening, Taiwan-made ICT products are among the best in the world with great competitive advantages, and many have embarked on partnerships with telecom operators in Japan, U.S.A and Europe.

As the No. 1 OEM/ODM ICT manufacturing base in the world, Taiwan is working closely with global OpenRAN ecosystem partners, such as Telecom Infra Project (TIP) to facilitate development of Open RAN solutions in both macro and private 5G networks. According to Yang Xu, Connectivity Technologies and Ecosystems Manager of Meta Platforms, O-RAN’s multi-vendor, disaggregated approach to network deployment not only lowers the cost and barrier of entry, it also opens new opportunities through optimization, customization, privacy and security. Indoor and outdoor small-cell use cases are of particular relevance to the Taiwanese ecosystem.

HTC, one of Taiwan’s most well-known brands, has been devoting resources to develop 5G private network solutions since 2008.According to Raymond Pao, Senior VP of Business Solutions of HTC, the initial setup, cost, procedure and operation was beyond the expertise of most IT departments. With the help of OpenRAN ecosystem partners, HTC developed a solution that could be housed in a single, portable case and set up in 30 minutes illustrated with a use case for VR entertainment that has already been commercialized.

Open RAN makes it easier for solutions providers to bring in new ecosystem partners to accelerate growth or enable more customizations. However, one challenge of aggregating components across the network from multiple vendors, in addition to desegregated hardware and software, is testing and validating parts. Open RANs are very flexible and intelligent, but that also makes developing integrated end-to-end solutions very difficult and time consuming. As Kan Chang, Senior Marketing Director, LIONS Technology shared, “you need to have a bottom-up discipline; that’s our takeaway from our experience as an end-to-end solutions provider.”

Meta Platforms, HTC and LIONS Technology to discuss how Taiwan can contribute to the 5G OpenRAN ecosystem

The panelists also discussed major challenges and considerations when adopting OpenRAN solutions and lessons learned from past experiences, as well as business benefits for such adoption for public network services and private enterprise services. As Taiwan actively contributes in the ecosystem with not only ICT manufacturing capabilities, but also a TIP Community Lab to validate mature products for commercial deployment, Taiwan's ICT supply chain continues to play the role as a key partner to telecom operators worldwide.

To view the full program on "HOW CAN TAIWAN CONTRIBUTE TO 5G OPENRAN ECOSYSTEM?" please see here.

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About Industrial Development Bureau (IDB)

Industrial Development Bureau (IDB) is the administrative agency of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Taiwan. IDB serves the role to formulate industrial policies, and to oversee various industries including metal& mechanical, information technology, consumer goods & chemical, knowledge services, as well as sustainable development in Taiwan. In the past years, IDB has also been strongly supportive to the Taiwan Pavilion at global trade shows (such as MWC Barcelona), and for Taiwan's vendors to demonstrate the capabilities of Taiwan ICT supply chain in the global marketplace.

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