Hong Kong’s Communications Authority (CA) has laid out its plans for the allocation of 5G spectrum. Beginning in April next year the regulator will offer a total of almost 4,500MHz of frequencies, including 100MHz in the 3.3GHz band, 200MHz at 3.5GHz and 80MHz at 4.9GHz, plus 4,100MHz across the 26GHz and 28GHz bands. Due to higher demand, the 380MHz of spectrum in the lower ranges will be offered via auction, while the ample supply in the higher bands means those frequencies can be allocated directly.
A spokesperson for the CA commented: ‘Starting from April 2019, a total of about 4,500MHz of spectrum will be made available to the market for 5G services, representing more than eight times the existing amount of 552MHz of spectrum being used for 2G, 3G and 4G services in Hong Kong.’
Hong Kong is currently home to four mobile network operators (MNOs): HKT, Hutchison 3, China Mobile Hong Kong (CMHK) and SmarTone.