11 Feb 2020
Hong Kong’s Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA) has awarded contracts for five of the six remote areas where it was seeking operators to deploy fibre-based networks to improve rural connectivity. The scheme covers 235 villages across the six regions and will also involve the deployment of three submarine cables connecting Lamma Island to Hong Kong Island, Cheung Chau to Lantau Island, and Peng Chau to Lantau Island.
The regulator has selected HGC Global Communications to manage the subsidised rollout in Regions 1, 3 and 4, while HKT will cover Regions 2 and 5. No applications were received for Region 6 (Lantau Island, Cheung Chau and Peng Chau) and OFCA re-opened the tender for this region at the end of January.