OFTA launches new wireless broadband consultation

16 May 2007

Hong Kong telecoms regulator OFTA has issued a consultation paper to invite public views on the proposed allocation of spectrum for the provision of broadband wireless access (BWA) services. A spokesperson for the watchdog said: ‘In this consultation, we have put forward specific proposals for the allocation of the 2.3GHz band for the deployment of BWA. We also seek feedback from interested parties to assess the potential demand for spectrum in the 2.5GHz band so that consideration could be given to including such spectrum in future assignments. To be in line with the guiding principles under the Spectrum Policy Framework recently promulgated by the government, we propose to assign the BWA spectrum using a market-based approach which is based on auction. The auction is planned to be conducted in 2008.’ Industry players and any interested parties are invited to submit views or comments on or before 11 July 2007. Parties interested in investing in services operating in the 2.3GHz or 2.5GHz spectrum bands are also invited to express their intention to OFTA by the same deadline. The consultation paper can be downloaded from OFTA’s website at www.ofta.gov.hk.

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