Yesterday, on October 14, 2019, the Office of the Communications Authority (OFC) announced that four mobile network operators have successfully acquired a total of 200 MHz spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band. The total spectrum usage fee is 1.006 billion yuan.
A spokesman for the Office of Communications confirmed that four bidders participated in the 3.5 GHz band auction. The bidders include China Mobile Hong Kong Limited, Hong Kong Telecommunications Limited (HKT), Hutchison Telephone Limited (Hutchison) and Digital Telecommunications Limited (SmarTone).
Auction results are shown in the following table:
|Frequency Band||Frequency Range||Tentatively Successful Bidder||Spectrum Usage Fee To Be Paid|
|A1 – A6||3400 – 3460 MHz||China Mobile Hong Kong||300 million yuan|
|A7 – A11||3460 – 3510 MHz||HKT||252 million yuan|
|A12 – A16||3510 – 3560 MHz||SmarTone||252 million yuan|
|A17 – A20||3560 – 3600 MHz||Hutchison||2020 million yuan|
A spokesman for the Office of the Communications Office added that the tentatively successful bidders are required to pay the spectrum usage fee and delivery performance bond specified in the above table on or before January 14, 2020, to ensure that the provision of the network and services will be fulfilled.
In addition, the tentative successful bidders are required to jointly fund the financial support scheme fund to support the upgrading of the existing satellite TV sharing antenna system on or before November 25, 2019. The spectrum allocation will be effective on April 1st, 2020 and valid for 15 years.
Hong Kong all set for 5G launch in 2020
The Director of Innovation and Technology Bureau, Yang Weixiong, pointed out that Hong Kong’s smartphone penetration rate is high.
As per Weixiong, there is also a strong communication and information technology infrastructure that is as ambitious as other countries or regions to develop 5G networks. It is expected that Hong Kong will launch commercial 5G services in 2020.
Yang Weixiong also pointed out that the 26 and 28 GHz bands of the high-band spectrum have already been assigned to three home appliance dealers in March.
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