Four incumbents line up for Hong Kong auctions

16 Sep 2019

Hong Kong’s Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA) has released the names of companies lining up to bid in its forthcoming auctions of 3.3GHz, 3.5GHz and 4.9GHz 5G-capable spectrum. Unsurprisingly, the roster consists of the territory’s four incumbent mobile network operators (MNOs), HKT, Hutchison 3, China Mobile Hong Kong (CMHK) and SmarTone. As previously reported by CommsUpdate, the regulator intends to auction a total of 380MHz of spectrum across the three bands, including 100MHz at 3.3GHz, 200MHz at 3.5GHz and 80MHz at 4.9GHz. The first auction – for the 3.5GHz frequencies – will be held on 14 October, and this will then be followed by the 4.9GHz and 3.3GHz sales.