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OFCA launches labelling scheme to boost 5G indoor coverage in buildings

It will push mobile network operators (MNOs) to improve 5G network coverage indoors.

The Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA) has rolled out the Labelling Scheme for Buildings with 5G Indoor Coverage.

The initiative aims to push mobile network operators (MNOs) to improve 5G network coverage indoors, ensuring better mobile services for the public.

Additionally, the scheme encourages collaboration between MNOs and building managers to install 5G communication facilities in indoor areas like lobbies, lifts, carparks, and shopping centers. 

Buildings with 5G indoor base stations will also receive a label certifying the coverage. Over 600 buildings, including residential, commercial, and industrial, are already registered.

"As 5G services continue to evolve, comprehensive 5G network coverage will not only satisfy the public's demand for high-speed and reliable mobile services, but also facilitate the development of various innovative and smart city applications in Hong Kong,” the OFCA spokesman said.

“We encourage more buildings to participate in the Labelling Scheme and collaborate with MNOs to enhance indoor mobile network coverage and capacity through installation of 5G base stations inside buildings, which will also enhance the overall image of the participating buildings," he added.

In line with the Telecommunications (Amendment) Ordinance 2024, which cleared the Legislative Council on 21 February 21, new and redeveloped buildings across commercial, industrial, residential, and hotel sectors are mandated to reserve adequate space for MNOs to install and maintain mobile communications facilities. 

Government buildings and public housing estates will also adhere to similar directives, facilitating the installation of mobile communications infrastructure. The Code of Practice mandates MNOs to install 5G communication facilities in indoor common areas to the extent feasible, fostering further expansion of mobile network coverage and capacity across Hong Kong.

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