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Mobile TV spectrum auction moved to September

9 Apr 2010

Hong Kong’s telecoms regulator OFTA has pushed back the planned date for an auction of wireless spectrum for mobile TV broadcasting by six weeks to September 2010, TelecomAsia reports. OFTA stated that it conducted a one-week consultation in response to the requests from three interested parties to extend the dates related to the auction by up to four months. ‘Having considered the requests, the submissions and the latest market environment’, the watchdog decided on a six-week extension. OFTA plans to allocate a single 8MHz block in the 678MHz-686MHz band, but so far none of Hong Kong’s five mobile network operators has announced definite plans to bid for the 15-year licence. China Mobile Hong Kong is amongst those reported to be mulling a bid; the firm’s giant mainland parent has recently rolled out a mobile TV network across China. Both new entrants and incumbent mobile operators may take part in the auction, and to reflect the value of the radio spectrum as a scarce public resource, the government has set the minimum fee at HKD24 million (USD3.1 million), although OFTA hopes this will rise higher in an auction. The successful bidder, which will be assigned the spectrum under a unified carrier licence, will be required to use at least 75% of the transmission capacity to deliver mobile TV content, and to provide service coverage to at least 50% of the Hong Kong population within 18 months from receiving the concession.

Hong Kong, China Mobile Hong Kong (CMHK)

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