Hong Kong raises HKD6bn from spectrum auction

19 Dec 2018

The Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA) in Hong Kong has concluded its auction of spectrum in the 900MHz and 1800MHz bands. The sale had a hybrid format which reassigned 2×10MHz to each of the territory’s four cellcos, while auctioning off a further 120MHz across the two bands, comprising 50MHz at 900MHz and 70MHz at 1800MHz.

All four incumbents took part in the auction, which raised a total of HKD6 billion (USD767 million). On top of the 20MHz assigned to each operator, the remaining 120MHz was allocated as follows: HKT 40MHz, China Mobile Hong Kong (CMHK) 30MHz, SmarTone 30MHz and Hutchison Telecom 20MHz. The reassignment of frequencies was carried out to pre-empt the expiry of existing licences in 2020/21. The new concessions will run from 15 years from the start date and will be used to maintain current 2G services while also helping to reinforce 4G networks.