3 HK refarms 900MHz for 4G, has plans for LTE-A, TD-LTE, small cells

22 Jul 2016

Hong Kong mobile operator Hutchison 3 says it has refarmed 900MHz spectrum for use in its 4G LTE network. 3 has previously used its 900MHz frequencies for 2G and 3G services, but says the highly-penetrative nature of the spectrum will help to enhance indoor 4G LTE reception. It adds that plans for the introduction of LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) services using carrier aggregation ‘are on the drawing board with a view to providing an even faster data service’.

Meanwhile, 3 also says that its TD-LTE network will be launched in October using the 2300MHz spectrum it was awarded in 2012. It claims the new offering will ‘support multi-mode mobile devices while serving 4G LTE customers with massive bandwidth, making for an even more stable and smoother mobile communications experience’. Finally, the cellco has unveiled plans to introduce small cells to its networks in the second half of this year ‘to cope with rising levels of network traffic and [provide] further enhancement of the end-to-end hotspot user experience’. Hutchison 3 is Hong Kong’s second largest mobile operator by subscribers, with around 20% of the overall market at the end of March 2016 according to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database.

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