The Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA) in Hong Kong has opened applications for its auction of 5G-capable wireless spectrum in the 600MHz, 700MHz, 850MHz, 2.5GHz/2.6GHz and 4.9GHz bands. The sale, which is due to begin on 25 October, includes 220MHz of new frequencies at 600MHz, 700MHz and 4.9GHz, plus 105MHz of reassigned spectrum in the 850MHz and 2.5GHz/2.6GHz bands. Licences will be valid for 15 years.
Reserve prices have been set as follows: 600MHz – HKD2 million (USD257,000) per MHz; 700MHz – HKD5 million per MHz; 850MHz – HKD4 million per MHz; 2.5GHz/2.6GHz – HKD4 million per MHz; and 4.9GHz – HKD3 million per MHz. Spectrum caps will be imposed on the amount of spectrum which may be acquired by a single assignee, namely 30MHz for the 600MHz band, 30MHz for the 700MHz band, 50MHz for the 2.5GHz/2.6GHz band and 40MHz for the 4.9GHz band.
Hong Kong is home to four mobile network operators (MNOs): HKT, Hutchison 3, China Mobile HK and SmarTone.