All four HK cellcos to take part in December auction

20 Nov 2018

Each of Hong Kong's four mobile operators have applied to take part in the upcoming auction of 900-MHz and 1800-MHz spectrum, regulator Ofca has revealed.

China Mobile Hong Kong, HKT, Hutchison Telephone Company and SmarTone have all submitted applications for the auction of 70 MHz of 1800-MHz spectrum and 50 MHz of 900-MHz spectrum.

The four operators were granted the right of first refusal to acquire 20 MHz of their expiring 1800-MHz spectrum in September as a part of Ofca's hybrid approach to reassigning the spectrum. Bidding auction component of the spectrum reallocation is due to commence on December 17.

Meanwhile the four mobile operators have published their performance data for the third quarter of 2018, against the performance pledges submitted to the regulator.

The data shows that HKT's csl, China Mobile Hong Kong and SmarTone all achieved 100% service availability during the quarter, with Hutchison's 3 Hong Kong achieving 99.9999% uptime. All four met or exceeded their performance targets.

This meant that almost by default the operators also exceeded their targets of mean time to repair service faults. All four operators meanwhile exceeded their targets for customer hotline answering times and time to first resolution.

Only China Mobile Hong Kong has made technical performance pledges. The operator revealed it achieved downlink speeds of between 23Mbps and 258Mbps during the quarter and uplink speeds of between 4.03Mbps and 66.5Mbps, well ahead of its targets. Latency was between 24ms and 61ms.

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