HKT says Hong Kong falling behind in 5G development

10 Feb 2017

Hong Kong Telecom (HKT) has once again criticised the government for failing to make sufficient wireless spectrum available for future mobile services. The territory currently has 582MHz of spectrum allocated and has no plans to offer further frequencies to telcos for at least the next three years. Fixed and mobile operator HKT, which is part of PCCW Group, says this strategy is ‘short-sighted’ and will see Hong Kong fall behind countries such as Japan, South Korea and mainland China when it comes to the development of 5G services. It wants spectrum in the 700MHz and 3.5GHz bands to be put up for sale this year. Over the past few weeks the telco has released a number of papers dealing with the availability of wireless frequencies in Hong Kong and calling on the government to implement spectrum trading between operators.

Hong Kong, HKT (incl. CSL)