State to consult on new 3G offer

26 Oct 2006

The government of Hong Kong announced yesterday that it will launch a public consultation on proposals to auction a new third-generation mobile licence. The state plans to allow the Special Administrative Region’s existing W-CDMA operators to bid for a CDMA2000 1xEV-DO standard licence, said Director-General of Telecommunications Au Man Ho. Hong Kong has four existing 3G operators using W-CDMA platforms: Hutchison Telephone Company (3), SmarTone (SmarTone-Vodafone), CSL New World Mobility and PCCW Mobile (Sunday Communications). According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, there are around a million 3G users in Hong Kong, where Hutchison leads the market with 600,000 subscribers at end-June.

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