3 HK responds to 5G spectrum consultation

18 Jun 2018

Mobile operator Hutchison 3 Hong Kong has published its response to a regulatory consultation on the proposed sale of spectrum in the 3.4GHz-3.6GHz band for future 5G services. It wants the Communications Authority (CA) to lift restrictions on network coverage in that band, claiming this could impact 5G and IoT services in a zone which is home to around one million people. Authorities wanted to restrict the use of the 3.4GHz-3.6GHz band in certain areas to limit interference with Telemetry, Tracking & Control (TT&C) equipment. 3 says the TT&C station could be relocated to a more remote area, or equipment could be screened to prevent interference. 3 also wants the proposed cap of 100MHz per operator to be reduced in order to promote competition, and for reserve prices to be set at minimum levels to help stimulate investment in 5G infrastructure.

The CA wants to award spectrum for 5G services by 2020. Its plans were recently criticised by another of the territory’s telcos, HKT, which wants spectrum distributed before 2020 and for all frequency sales to be consolidated into a single process to give operators a chance to better manage their spectrum policies.