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China Mobile launches Hong Kong LTE
23 April 2012
China Mobile starts LTE services in Hong Kong with mainland China data sharing offer
China Mobile will offer 4G LTE mobile data services in Hong Kong from April 25 with a cross-border data roaming deal that will give users a single number and data price plan when travelling in mainland China.
CMHK — owned by the mainland China Mobile company — is offering the cross-border data sharing service to new customers opting for 3G and 4G data plans in Hong Kong, one of the world’s most competitive markets for mobile communications. Customers travelling across the border will be able to use mobile data services for a fixed monthly fee, thereby cutting data roaming expenses.
CMHK’s LTE services will offer maximum download speeds of 100 megabits a second and upload speeds of 35 megabits a second, and the operator aims to boost its LTE coverage, offering indoor coverage of up to 80% of the special administrative region by the end of 2012.
Sean Lee, director and CEO at CMHK, said: “Mobile device makers indicate that up to 20 4G smartphone and tablet products will be launched in 2012, which is a key reason to believe that 4G will be picking up faster than 3G.”
Tiger Lin Zhenhui, chairman of CMHK, said: “LTE is now replacing 3G as the next generation mobile communications technology on a global scale. The commercial use of 4G in Hong Kong will further enhance its leading position in the field of Information Technology applications.” GTB
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