HK 2G switch-off likely to begin in 2020

21 Dec 2017

Hong Kong’s Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA) says it expects local cellcos to begin phasing out 2G services from 2020, when current rights to 900MHz and 1800MHz frequencies begin to expire. The regulator will adopt a hybrid approach to re-assigning the spectrum, offering the four existing licensees first refusal on 80MHz of frequencies in the 1800MHz band, before auctioning off rights to a further 70MHz in the 1800MHz range and 50MHz at 900MHz. OFCA has set the reserve price for spectrum at HKD38 million (USD4.9 million) per MHz, The Standard reports, with local operators complaining that this is high by international standards. Cellcos are also calling for the early allocation of spectrum for future 5G services. Existing 900MHz and 1800MHz concessions expire between November 2020 and September 2021.