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3 Hong Kong aims to be in 5G vanguard

Hutchison Telecom expects its Hong Kong operator to be in the forefront of 5G adoption and to launch commercial services by 2020. Cliff Woo, CEO of 3 Hong Kong, told LightReading: “According to what the experts have said the standard will only be finalized in late 2018 or early 2019. We have to take the final product/spec for manufacturing, including the chipset and handset, so that will take another 12 months. So we think probably the year 2020.” He expects the initial 5G-specific band in the country to be 3.5 GHz, although regulator OFCA is also looking at 26 GHz and 28 GHz for early-stage 5G allocations. Hong Kong would join Japan, China, Korea and the US in targeting 5G…

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