Hong Kong’s telecom regulator announces plans for 5G spectrum auctions

Originally posted on RCR Wireless on December 17, 2018

The regulator said it will start offering a total of 4,500 megahertz in different bands next year

Hong Kong’s Communications Authority (CA) has unveiled its plans for the allocation of 5G spectrum.

Beginning in April 2019, the regulator plans to offer a total of 4,500 megahertz, including 100 MHz in the 3.3 GHz band, 200 MHz at 3.5 GHz and 80 MHz at 4.9GHz, plus 4,100 MHz across the 26 GHz band.

The Hong Kong authorities also announced plans to auction a total of 380 megahertz of spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band, 3.3 GHz band and 4.9 GHz band in mid-2019.

“Starting from April 2019, a total of about 4,500 MHz of spectrum will be made available to the market for 5G services, representing more than eight times the existing amount of 552 MHz of spectrum being used for 2G, 3G and 4G services in Hong Kong,” a spokesman for the CA said.

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