China’s Huawei Technologies has been awarded a contract to roll out 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network infrastructure for Hong Kong cellcos Hutchison (3) and PCCW via their 50/50 joint venture Genius Brand. Huawei revealed yesterday that the contract includes a turnkey installation of equipment including base stations, according to TelecomAsia. The joint venture was awarded a 4G licence in January 2009 giving it 30MHz of frequencies in the 2600MHz band. Genius completed laboratory tests and field trials of LTE in mid-2010, reporting ‘very satisfactory’ results, with Huawei involved in the process having been awarded a preliminary contract earlier in the year. Despite their shared rollout venture, PCCW and 3 intend to keep their commercial 4G services completely separate.
TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that CSL was the first in Hong Kong to launch commercial LTE services to a segment of its consumer customer base last month following a launch for selected business users in November 2010. China Mobile Hong Kong also won a 4G licence in the 2009 auction, while SmarTone is aiming at launching LTE using re-farmed spectrum including the 1800MHz band.