TELECOM & INTERNET | Staff Reporter, Hong Kong

HKBN scores approval to offer mobile virtual network operator services

Soft launch will begin as early as August 2016.

Fibre broadband service provider Hong Kong Broadband Network announced that the Office of the Communications Authority has licensed the company to offer mobile virtual network operator (“MVNO”) services in Hong Kong. The expanded scope of its Services-Based Operator Licence allows HKBN to offer mobile telecom services by making use of the radio communications infrastructure of mobile network operators, and to sell mobile handsets and devices.

HKBN has signed Memorandum of Understanding with China Mobile Hong Kong, and is in discussions with two other local mobile network operators, with a view to launching HKBN mobile service to both the residential and corporate markets. It is anticipated that the soft launch of such service will begin as early as August this year.

The addition of mobile service will form a strong part of the best-value quad-play offers by HKBN, comprising broadband, fixed-line telephone, OTT entertainment & sports, and mobile services. 

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