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Consultancy Says Hong Kong Networks Can Cope with Loss of 3G Spectrum

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A New Zealand consultancy says that operator mitigation strategies more than made up for the loss in throughput experienced by any reduction in 3G spectrum due to the proposed re assignment of the 1.9 2.2GHz band in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong's telecoms regulator, OFCA hired Network Strategies to provide an assessment of the effect on Hong Kong consumers and service quality of its proposed hybrid approach to spectrum re-assignment.

The regulator is planning to renew the expiring 3G licenses in 2016, but will claw back a third of the spectrum and auction it to a new entrant. The mobile networks have vocally claimed that this would hurt the quality of their services.

Both sides have issues reports supporting their respective claims.

New Zealand based Network Strategies said that it developed a model to assess the re-assignment impact under different possible scenarios, and concluded that the mobile networks would be able to mitigate for the loss of radio spectrum.

They added that since their analysis spanned the years 2013 to 2018, they forecast demand requirements and considered technology developments, including evolution of 3G and 4G technologies, multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO) technology, and the use of femtocells. Other supply considerations included spectrum held and deployed by each MNO for provision of mobile services, the Spectrum Release Plan, and the availability of additional spectrum for provision of 3G and 4G mobile services via refarming spectrum in other frequency bands.

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