China Mobile Hong Kong rolls out 5G network services

China Mobile Hong Kong’s (CMHK) last April 1 became the first mobile network operator in Hong Kong to produce a live 5G launch ceremony and application demonstration using Virtual Reality (VR) technology. 

“Hong Kong is working hard to fight the coronavirus pandemic,” said Li Feng, chairman of CMHK. “Aside from showing our heartfelt gratitude to a group of dedicated frontline medical staff, we hope to work together with other local mobile network operators and the people of Hong Kong in facing the challenges and overcoming the epidemic with the latest technology, as soon as possible.”

Li said the new offering “will help inject new energy into the various industries and individuals in the city, bringing a future of infinite possibilities.”

CMHK’s 5G network will initially cover the entire Hong Kong city — meaning 90% of the major business districts of Central and Western, Wan Chai, and Causeway Bay; nearly 90% of Kwun Tong; and close to 80% of Tsuen Wan.

In addition to CMHK’s 38 retail stores except Tai Po, its 5G network coverage will also include popular spots, landmarks and shopping malls, such as Hong Kong International Airport, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Cyberport, Science Park, Harbour City, Olympian City, Landmark, and tmtplaza.

Keeping consumers’ need for higher network speed in mind, CMHK has tested the 5G network speed with the latest 5G smartphones. 

Sean Lee, director and CEO of CMHK, said changes in the usage habits of the public and the widespread application of the Internet of Things (IoT) by corporate have increased the demand for uploading data.

“Therefore, 5G networks must not only have low-latency and high download speed transmission characteristics, but also fast upload speeds,” said Lee. “Today, our speed test shows that CMHK’s 5G network has a latency of less than 10ms, a download speed exceeding 1Gbps, and an upload speed of over 130Mbps, which served as solid evidence to demonstrate that CMHK’s 5G network can better meet customer needs.”

Also, CMHK has introduced 5G roaming services in some locations in Mainland China and South Korea. By the end of 2020, the company will also bring the borderless 5G experience to other popular countries and regions within Asia and Europe.