3 earmarks 2.3GHz licence for TDD-LTE deployment

8 Feb 2012

Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong Holdings (HTHKH) has announced that, following the 2.3GHz licence win by its subsidiary Hutchison Telephone Company (3) yesterday, the additional spectrum will allow it to expand its Long Term Evolution (LTE) frequency division duplex (FDD) network into an FDD/ time division duplex (TDD) dual-mode network over time. As reported in CommsUpdate, 3 successfully bid for a block of 30MHz spectrum for a utilisation fee of HKD150 million (USD19.3 million) alongside China Mobile Hong Kong and 21 ViaNet, in the auction held by Hong Kong’s Office of the Telecommunications Authority (OFTA). Peter Wong, CEO of HTHKH said: ‘Excellent network performance is fundamental to a smooth mobile broadband experience. The successful bid of the additional spectrum has further underlined the group’s commitment to outpace the surging demands on mobile communications driven by the mobile data boom.’ The operator has also been optimising its network to meet the ever-increasing demand for data services. Last year 3 successfully bid for spectrum in the 900MHz band which it has been using to expand network capacity, coverage and increase the speed of its mobile data services. It has also been ‘re-farming’ its existing 900MHz spectrum to W-CDMA to expand 3G network coverage.

Hong Kong, Hutchison Telephone Company (3)