3 HK links up local leg of XRL rail link

20 Sep 2018

3 Hong Kong has completed deployment of mobile and IoT connectivity for the local leg of the new Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link (XRL).

The operator revealed that the network will be ready to provide mobile communications as soon as the new rail service commences on Sunday.

3 Hong Kong will provide 2G, 3G and 4.5G coverage as well as NB-IoT connectivity for the rail link, in the hall, on platforms, immigration and departure halls at the terminus and on trains throughout the Hong Kong section of the rail corridor.

To celebrate the deployment, 3 Hong Kong is offering 1GB of free data to be used throughout Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau by customers downloading the My3 app until October 20.

Kenny Koo, executive director and CEO of 3 Hong Kong parent Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong Holdings (HTHKH), said the operator is working closely with operators in mainland China to provide quality data connectivity for customers traveling between Hong Kong and the mainland.

“Telecoms operators are expected to cope with huge demand following commencement of the high-speed rail service. Working closely with the MTR, we conducted network trials in June to test upload-and-download speeds, as well as coverage at locations throughout the terminus,” he said.

“Final testing was completed before commission of the XRL in order to ensure fast, stable and smooth communications. 3 Hong Kong’s network throughout the XRL is also ready to support NB-IoT applications both sides of the border.”

3 Hong Kong plans to follow the deployment with installation of mobile facilities on the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge (HZMB).

First published in Computerworld Hong Kong

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