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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY | Staff Reporter, Hong Kong

CAHK welcomes gov't's new initiatives on network development, 5G application

The initiatives are highlighted in the Chief Executive's 2020 Policy Address.

The Communications Association of Hong Kong (CAHK) has expressed support for the government’s new initiatives on network development and wider application of 5G as underlined in the Chief Executive's 2020 Policy Address.

In a media release, CAHK has welcomed the Hong Kong government’s plan to “release more 5G spectrum (currently at 3.5GHz, 4.9GHz, and 3.3GHz ranges) in different frequency bands in 2021 to meet the needs of various 5G applications in terms of speed, capacity and coverage, as cited in the Policy Address” as highlighted under the “New Impetus to the Economy” section of the policy address.

The new initiatives will also address the restriction zone issue in the Tai Po area caused by the interference between 5G and the satellite earth station in the 3.5GHz band, CAHK added.

“When the telemetry, tracking and control stations of the two satellite operators are relocated from Tai Po to Chung Hom Kok Teleport in four years' time, the overall 5G coverage in Tai Po will be improved,” CAHK said.

The policy address also said that the Hong Kong government was “determined to improve the deployment of 5G technology and application with the extension of the subsidy scheme application period under the anti-epidemic fund for six months until May 2021.”

Such initiatives would facilitate the government’s Smart City blueprint, added CAHK.

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