Tuesday, 14 April 2020

5G makes it debut in Hong Kong


In a previous blog post we discussed the rollout of 5G and the spectrum auction in Hong Kong. Consequently on the 1st April 2020 three of the four operators in Hong Kong introduced 5G services, with HKT, 3 Hong Kong and China Mobile Hong Kong all seeking to claim the title of being first, but offering few details on base station density or population coverage.

While market leader HKT detailed plans for its launch a fortnight ago, the other operators apparently decided to to all launch on the same day they released their 3.5GHz spectrum.  Along with SmarTone, the operators acquired 200MHz of 3.5GHz spectrum for HKD1 billion ($129 million) in mid-October 2019.

CMHK announced its 5G network covers over 90% of the main areas of Hong Kong Island. HKT said coverage will initially reach 11 of the territory’s 18 districts. HKT, Hutchison 3 and China Mobile Hong Kong (CMHK) launched 5G services on April 1, 2020. CMHK announced its 5G network covers over 90% of the main areas of Hong Kong Island. HKT said coverage will initially reach 11 of the territory’s 18 districts.

Hutchison 3’s customers can access the 5G network with a 100 GB data plan costing 388 HKD (46 EUR) per month. CMHK offers 100 GB of data consumption at 438 HKD (52 EUR) per month. HKT’s customers can get 80 GB at 398 HKD (48 EUR) per month.
Fourth player SmarTone has announced they have signed a deal to use Hong Kong Broadband Network’s all-fibre backhaul to connect 5G base stations. In October 2019, along with SmarTone, the operators acquired 200 MHz of 3.5 GHz spectrum for 1 billion HKD (120 million EUR).



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