Hong Kong launches sub-1GHz consultations

20 Aug 2020

Hong Kong’s Communications Authority (CA) has opened consultations into the future auction of spectrum in the 600MHz and 700MHz bands, plus the reassignment of 850MHz licences. A total of 155MHz of spectrum in the sub-1GHz range will be made available, including 70MHz of frequencies in each of the 600MHz and 700MHz bands, which will be freed after the switching off of analogue television services on 30 November 2020, as well as 15MHz of spectrum in the 850MHz band which is due for reassignment in November 2023. The 85MHz of spectrum in the 700MHz and the 850MHz bands can be deployed in both indoor and outdoor locations for the provision of public mobile services, while the 70MHz in the 600MHz band is designated for indoor use to improve availability in areas such as shopping malls.

A CA spokesperson said: ‘The superb radio propagation characteristics of the sub-1GHz band spectrum enable operators to enhance mobile coverage in both indoor and outdoor areas in a very cost-effective manner and also underpin the Internet of Things and other 5G applications.’ Comments are invited by 15 September, with a decision to be made in the first quarter of 2021.

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