Hong Kong’s Communications Authority (CA) has created a new Localised Wireless Broadband Service (LWBS) licence in the 26GHz and 28GHz bands for 5G services. Up to 400MHz will be allocated between 24.25GHz and 28.35GHz to allow for localised 5G coverage. Permits will be valid for five years, with five-year extension options, and will carry an annual fixed fee of HKD100,000 (USD12,800) plus other variable fees depending on the number of base stations and devices in use.
A spokesperson for the CA said: ‘The shared spectrum under the LWBS licence will be assigned on a geographically sharing basis, for use in different specified locations such as university campuses, industrial estates, the airport and technology parks. It may also be used to support fixed-wireless access or smart city applications. Assignees may each deploy the shared spectrum as assigned to provide localised network coverage in their specified locations having aggregate specified areas of not exceeding 50 square kilometres.’ The statement continued: ‘The services to be provided with the use of the shared spectrum under the LWBS licence would be distinct from conventional public mobile services, and would in general be confined to wireless data-centric communications for specific groups of users.’
The regulator has previously said that it will offer a total of almost 4,500MHz of frequencies for 5G services, including 100MHz in the 3.3GHz band, 200MHz at 3.6GHz and 80MHz at 4.9GHz, plus 4,100MHz across the 26GHz and 28GHz bands.