Three of Hong Kong’s four mobile network operators (MNOs) have applied for spectrum as part of the government’s assignment of 26GHz and 28GHz licences for future 5G services. HKT, SmarTone and China Mobile HK (CMHK) have all submitted applications for frequencies, while Hutchison 3 has decided not to apply.
Telecom Asia cites 3 as saying that there is sufficient spectrum available for 5G services in the 3.3GHz, 3.5GHz and 4.9GHz bands. It also says that the higher range frequencies at 26GHz and above are unsuitable for providing indoor coverage. 3 does add, however, that it could apply for 26GHz and 28GHz spectrum in the second phase of assignment in two years’ time, should it be necessary.