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Hong Kong carriers begin to activate 5G base stations within the 700MHz band

Hong Kong operators have secured 700MHz frequencies in a spectrum public sale final yr

Cell operators in Hong Kong are set to progressively activate their cell base stations within the 700 MHz band to supply 5G providers, the Hong Kong’s Workplace of the Communications Authority (OFCA) stated in a press release.

“In assist of telecommunications and sensible metropolis developments in Hong Kong, the spectrum within the 700 MHz band initially used for tv broadcast has been re-assigned for the supply of cell telecommunications providers. Ranging from June 30, 2022, cell community operators will progressively activate their base stations within the 700 MHz band for the supply of 5G providers to the general public,” OFCA stated.

In October of 2021, the Hong Kong authorities had introduced the award of 255 megahertz of spectrum in 19 frequency blocks after a spectrum public sale that required a complete of 32 rounds of bidding in three days. On this spectrum, the native authorities secured spectrum utilization charges of a complete of HKD 1.87 billion (at the moment $238.3 million).

By this spectrum public sale, OFCA made accessible blocks of spectrum within the 600 MHz, 700 MHz, 850 MHz, 2.5/2.6 GHz and 4.9 GHz bands. 

China Cell Hong Kong secured licenses for spectrum in three bands, providing a complete of HKD648.5 million for 10 megahertz, 15 megahertz and 40 megahertz within the 700 MHz, 2.5 GHz to 2.6 GHz and 4.9 GHz bands respectively, the OFCA stated.

In the meantime, rival service HKT spent a complete of HKD599 million to amass 10 megahertz within the 700 MHz band and 25 megahertz of two.5 GHz to 2.6 GHz spectrum, OFCA added.

SmarTone secured 5 megahertz of 700 MHz for HKD72 million, 7.5 megahertz of 850 MHz for HKD82.5 million and 40 megahertz of 4.9 GHz spectrum for HKD222.5 million.

Additionally, Hutchison Phone spent a complete of HKD252 million to amass 10 megahertz of 700 MHz and 5 megahertz of two.5 GHz to 2.6 GHz spectrum.

The native authorities had beforehand stated that Hong Kong cell operators shall be required to succeed in a minimal inhabitants protection of 90% inside 5 years for the 700 MHz, 850 MHz and a couple of.5 GHz to 2.6 GHz frequencies allocations. The service obligation for the 4.9 GHz band is 50% inhabitants protection with 5 years, with a requirement for the deployment of no less than 100 indoor base stations within the 600 MHz band over the identical time interval.

China Cell Hong Kong, Hutchinson and HKT had launched business 5G providers in Hong Kong in April 2020, whereas SmarTone, introduced the launch of business 5G providers within the territory utilizing Ericsson’s Dynamic Spectrum Know-how (DSS) in Could 2020.

Native operators had acquired 200 megahertz of three.5 GHz spectrum in mid-October 2019. These 5G licenses shall be legitimate for a 15-year interval.



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