Hong Kong release 5G spectrum auction details

09 September 2019

Hong Kong’s Office of Communications Authority (OFCA) has released details of its forthcoming 5G spectrum auctions. 

The autonomous territory in southeastern China is set to auction off 380MHz of spectrum in the 3.3GHz, 3.5GHz and 4.9GHz bands. 

Its big three mobile network operators will compete for a share of the spectrum that will help them to launch their 5G services in early 2020. 

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US sanctions ‘put telecom firms off Cuba’ – government task force

09 September 2019

US sanctions on Cuba are dissuading American companies from investing in its telecom sector even as Washington plans to expand internet access on the Caribbean island, according to the final report of a US government task force.

Companies from fellow communist country China dominate Cuba’s telecom sector, which is something “worth challenging given concerns that the Cuban government potentially obtains its censorship equipment from Chinese Internet infrastructure providers,” the report said.

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Israel holds 5G tender

09 September 2019

Israel launched a tender for fifth-generation (5G) cellular frequencies in July, hoping discounts to struggling mobile phone operators facing fierce competition will entice bids.

Regulator, Ministry of Communications, said it expected the largest three groups - Cellcom, Partner Communications and Pelephone – to bid including a combination of operators to cut down on costs.

Furthermore, it said it expected to announce winners by the end of the year with a commercial launch to start in 2020 and continuing through to the end of 2023.

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Huawei to connect remote parts of Canada

09 September 2019

St. John’s in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

St. John’s in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

Chinese tech giant Huawei is to deploy high-speed wireless internet to a number of underserved communities in Canada’s remote northern regions.

The move, mostly 4G deployments, comes with Huawei under sanctions in the US over national security concerns and amid a diplomatic crisis between Canada and China over the detention of a Huawei executive in Vancouver.

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