SmarTone looks forward to December 3G

3 Nov 2004

Hong Kong wireless operator SmarTone Telecommunications Holdings (SmarTone) reported yesterday that it aims to launch limited 3G services in December, with coverage matching the extent of its 2G footprint by the end of March 2005; the eventual aim being to migrate the entire 2G subscriber base to 3G. The company’s CEO Douglas Li also announced that a deal has been reached with MTR, the Hong Kong railway operator, to enable full 3G coverage on the railway system by the end of next year. SmarTone is currently competing with Hong Kong CSL for second place in the domestic mobile subscriber market – there are approximately eight million mobile users in Hong Kong, about a quarter of whom are served by the leading cellco Hutchison Telecom.

Hong Kong, SmarTone