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Hong Kong to finish subsidy scheme to encourage 5G deployments


The subsidy scheme for encouraging early deployment of 5G was initially launched in Could 2020

Hong Kong’s Workplace of the Communications Authority (OFCA) introduced that subsidies to encourage 5G deployments will finish on December 31.

The subsidy framework for encouraging early deployment of 5G was initially launched in Could 2020 and aimed to encourage varied sectors, with monetary incentives, to deploy 5G expertise early to foster innovation and sensible metropolis purposes in Hong Kong.

The federal government of Hong Kong earmarked funding of HKD100 million ($12.9 million) for the subsidies, to cowl as much as half of the prices of initiatives involving the deployment of 5G expertise, topic to a cap of HKD500,000 for every challenge. So far, OFCA mentioned that over 160 purposes have been authorised below the subsidy scheme, overlaying varied industries and sectors.

“The subsidy scheme has efficiently promoted the deployment of 5G expertise and the adoption of modern 5G options overlaying varied industries and sectors together with medical, training, building, engineering, transport, property and constructing amenities administration and logistics. Permitted initiatives embody distant surgical procedure session and coaching system for college educating hospital, STEM (science, expertise, engineering and arithmetic) training system, security monitoring system for building web site, sensible passenger stream evaluation system, sensible safety system and distant management gantry crane. Amid the epidemic, the subsidy scheme has efficiently promoted 5G deployments in several sectors, facilitating sensible metropolis improvement and offering comfort for the general public of their day by day life whereas opening up extra enterprise alternatives and room for improvement for start-up companies,” a spokesman for OFCA mentioned.

“People who want to apply for the subsidy scheme ought to seize the ultimate alternative to submit purposes to OFCA earlier than the appliance deadline on December 31. Moreover, the Authorities will proceed its efforts in selling the event of 5G which embody well timed provide of appropriate radio spectrum to the market, implementation of regulatory and administrative measures to facilitate the event of 5G, and promotion of the large utility and ubiquitous deployment of 5G via publicity and training,” the spokesman added.

Final month, Hong Kong’s Secretary for Commerce and Financial Improvement (SCED) and the Communications Authority (CA) launched a public session on the proposed reassignment of 20 megahertz of spectrum within the 850/900 MHz bands and 90 megahertz of spectrum within the 2.3 GHz band.

The federal government of Hong Kong needs to reassign these frequencies, that are at present licensed for 4G companies however are set to run out throughout the subsequent few years.

The 20 megahertz of spectrum within the 850/900 MHz band is at present assigned to 2 cellular community operators in assist of 4G companies, with the present assignments because of expire in Could 2026.

The 90 megahertz of spectrum within the 2.3 GHz band is at present assigned to a few operators and primarily used to supply 4G companies, with the present assignments because of expire in March 2027.

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.

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

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