Ofta postpones mobile TV auction

Nicole McCormick
09 Apr 2010


Hong Kong regulator Ofta has pushed back its planned auction of spectrum for mobile TV by six weeks to September.


“The TA [Telecom Authority] conducted a one-week consultation in response to the requests from three interested parties to extend the dates related to the auction by up to four months,” Ofta said


“Having considered the requests, the submissions and the latest market environment, the TA decided to give a six-week extension.”


Ofta plans to allocate 8 MHz in the UHF 678-686 MHz band for “broadcast-type mobile TV services.”


It originally planned to conduct a trial action on June 28, one week prior to the actual auction.


However, the interest from existing mobile operators is weak. So far none of the territory’s five operators has said it would bid for a license.


China Mobile HK, whose parent has rolled out a mobile TV network across China, was one of those who said it was still weighing its options.




Nicole McCormick

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