SmarTone HK

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Country

Company Name

SmarTone Mobile Communications Limited

Ownership Type

Subsidiary

MNC

06

3G UMTS Frequency Bands

IoT Technology

Company Overview

SmarTone is a mobile network operator servicing Hong Kong SAR. The company was launched by Sun Hung Kai Properties and ABC Communications in 1992 and began operations in March 1993. SmarTone HK is operated by SmarTone Telecommunications Holdings Limited, which operates local subsidiaries in Hong Kong and Macau. SmarTone temporarily rebranded operations to SmarTone-Vodafone in 2005 following a partnership agreement with Vodafone Group, however following the agreement expiry in 2011 the partnership was not renewed.

The company provides 2G GSM services over 900 and 1800 MHz, and launched a 3G UMTS in June 2006 over the B1 (2100 MHz) band. The network was upgraded to HSPA+ in November 2009, and DC-HSPA+ in October 2011.

4G LTE began August 2012 over the B3 (1800 MHz) band. LTE-Advanced was launched July 2014, providing 2C aggregation of B3 (1800 MHz) with a new B7 (2600 MHz) service to provide up to 150 Mbps, or aggregation with a B8 (900 MHz) carrier to provide data rates up to 112 Mbps. 3C aggregation in CA_3A-7A-8A was also implemented.

The company announced an upgrade to LTE-A Pro in December 2016 with the addition of a B1 (2100 MHz) LTE network, along with 4X4 MIMO and 256QAM technologies. SmarTone trialled Massive MIMO over its B3 network in October 2017. The company became one of the first in the world to deploy LTE-U LAA in August 2018, providing peak data rates in excess of 1 Gbps using 5C carrier aggregation.

IoT Strategy

SmarTone implemented its first NB-IoT project enabling a smart property management solution at International Commerce Centre (ICC) in May 2018. The SmarTone network is NB-IoT ready, with further rollouts underway.

3G UMTS Network Information

Details on UMTS network deployments are shown below. Data are often incomplete due to commercial nature. Consult dossier text for further details.

Launch Date 2006-06 Status Active
UMTS BandPacket DataStatus
Active
4G LTE Network Information

Details on LTE network deployments are shown below. Data are often incomplete due to commercial nature. Consult dossier text for further details.

Evolution Status Active [Launched 2012-08]
Max. MIMO Max. Modulation
Carrier Aggregation Features
LTE BandChannel WidthStatus
10 MHz Active
10 MHz Active
10 MHz Active
5 MHz Active
IoT Network - NB-IoT (LTE Cat-NB1)
Technology Status Limited
Band Launch Date -

Stock Information

Market

Reuters Symbol

0315.HK

Six Month Historic

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News & Developments

(Hong Kong, 30 August 2018) SmarTone continues to pioneer new technology in Hong Kong with the launch of the city’s first live commercial License Assisted Access (LAA) Network. The network supports blazing 1Gbps download speeds using aggregate licensed and unlicensed LTE carriers with 5CC carrier aggregation, 4x4 MIMO and 256 QAM.

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) and SmarTone, the leading mobile network operator in Hong Kong are trialing FDD (Frequency Division Duplex) Massive MIMO (Multiple Input, Multiple Output) technology as part of the operator’s network evolution plan towards 5G.

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) and SmarTone, the leading mobile network operator in Hong Kong, have taken a significant step toward 5G with the successful trial of Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) technology in a live over-the-air demonstration in Hong Kong.