Hong Kong fibre network operator HKBN has agreed to provide 5G backhaul connectivity to cellular operator SmarTone. HKBN will provide a 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GE) high speed backbone network and a 10GE backhaul network to connect thousands of SmarTone’s cell sites across Hong Kong as it rolls out 5G technology.
Anna Yip, CEO of SmarTone, said: ‘SmarTone has been at full speed to prepare for the launch of a world-class and robust 5G network in Hong Kong. HKBN’s network offers super high speed, unique tri-carrier route diversity and reliability for SmarTone’s 5G backhaul. Together with SmarTone’s strong expertise in network planning and Ericsson’s advanced and secure network infrastructure, we are confident to bring the best-in-class 5G network experience to consumers in Hong Kong.’
Local mobile market rivals HKT, Hutchison 3 and China Mobile HK all launched their own 5G networks yesterday (1 April).