Following an announcement made last week, Hong Kong regulator OFTA has issued a consultation paper proposing to auction wireless spectrum in the 850MHz frequency band for CDMA2000-based mobile services. Under the proposal, a 20MHz radio frequency allocation (825MHz-835MHz paired with 870MHz-880MHz) will be made available for a single new licence, subject to the payment of a one-off Spectrum Utilisation Fee (SUF), the amount of which will be determined through a public auction. Incumbent GSM/W-CDMA mobile licensees will be permitted to take part in the auction. A spokesperson for OFTA said: ‘We are mindful of the Spectrum Policy Review (SPR) which is being conducted by the government. Given that it takes time to conclude the SPR consultation, we consider that it is in the public interests to cater for the ongoing needs of the community, and hence our decision to conduct this consultation in parallel with the SPR. We have to act proactively and swiftly to consider the release of radio frequency spectrum in a timely manner so that the needs of the community may be met.’ Interested parties have been invited to submit comments on OFTA’s website by 27 December 2006.