3G UMTS Frequency Bands
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.
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.
4G LTE Network Information
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Six Month Historic
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