3 HK gets 5G trial permit

11 May 2018

Cellular operator Hutchison 3 Hong Kong says it has been granted a temporary permit allowing it to develop future 5G technology in the 26GHz-28GHz millimetre wave (mmWave) band. The permit allows 3 Hong Kong ‘to possess, establish, maintain and use transmitting and receiving stations, as specified, for radiocommunications and to conduct in-and-outdoor 5G trials in the second half of 2018’. The cellco applied for a licence to conduct indoor 5G trials using 3.5GHz spectrum in August last year.

The news comes as Hong Kong’s Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA) has revealed that 26GHz-28GHz spectrum licences could be made available as early as April 2019, while 3.5GHz frequencies are likely to be awarded the year after.