Hutchison, China Mobile, ViaNet win 2.3GHz spectrum; PCCW misses out

7 Feb 2012

Hong Kong’s Office of the Telecommunications Authority (OFTA) yesterday announced the completion of a mobile broadband licence auction, awarding 90MHz of spectrum in the 2.3GHz frequency band, raising in total HKD470 million (USD61 million) in Spectrum Utilisation Fees (SUF). Two established cellcos, Hutchison Telephone Company (3) and China Mobile Hong Kong, won concessions alongside a new entrant, 21 ViaNet Group. A fourth bidder, existing cellco and incumbent PSTN operator PCCW (HKT), missed out on a licence. Of the three blocks on offer, ‘A1’ (2300MHz-2330MHz) went to 21 ViaNet Group for HKD150 million; ‘A2’ (2330MHz-2360MHz) was won by China Mobile Hong Kong with a bid of HKD170 million; and ‘A3’ (2360MHz-2390MHz) cost Hutchison (3) HKD150 million. 21 Vianet Group (formerly AsiaCloud) is a carrier-neutral internet data centre services provider with branches across mainland China.

OFTA stated that within 30 business days after the date of its Provisional Successful Bidder Notice, the three winners must pay the SUF and provide it with a Performance Bond in accordance with the licensing conditions.