Hong Kong - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses
Hong Kong possesses a small but well developed market comprised of four highly competitive mobile operators and a number of Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs). A highly saturated market means revenue growth is largely dependent on increasing ARPU or enticing customers from competitors through aggressive sales and marketing tactics.
Mobile broadband services are widely supported through deployment of competing HSPA/LTE networks, with approximately three quarters of the population owning a smartphone and connecting to 3G and LTE networks with connectivity complimented by WiFi. Operators have also focused on mobile content and applications to improve customer loyalty and incrementally increase ARPU.
Future investments will focus on increasing network capacity and speed through combining TDD and FDD LTE platforms as well as shifting investment from 3G to LTE as end users upgrade from 3G to LTE handsets.
During 2017 a number of Hong Kong Mobile Operators began paving the way for the introduction of 5G services:
This report offers a concise overview of developments within Hong Kong's mobile infrastructure together with relevant statistical information.
Operators have been launching Voice over WiFi (VoWiFi) to build on previous WiFi deployments;
Operators have been increasing network speeds through deployment of TDD and FDD aggregation technology;
SmarTone conducted Hong Kong's first demonstration of 5G technology using millimetre wave (mmWave) spectrum.
3 Hong Kong is working with Huawei to prepare for future introduction of 5G services.
China Mobile Hong Kong successfully migrated its legacy networks to a cloud core network to prepare the way for future 5G services.
China Mobile Hong Kong contracted Huawei to deploy an LTE-Advanced Pro 4.5G network as it moves towards a 5G future.
Companies mentioned in this report include:
PCCW, Hutchison Telecom Hong Kong Holdings (3), SmarTone, Vodafone, China Mobile, China Mobile HK, CITIC Telecom.