Showing posts with label Hong Kong. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hong Kong. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

China Mobile HKG installs 5G infrastructure in shopping malls

China Mobile Hong Kong (CMHK) announced its first installation of 5G infrastructure in residential properties and shopping malls.

The deployment in conjunction with Sino Group occurred in Grand Central and Olympian City. By deploying 5G infrastructure now, China Mobile will be ready when 5G spectrum is officially released in Hong Kong.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Data center land in Hong Kong sells for US$697 million

The last remaining plot of land designated for development into a data centre sold for a higher-than-expected HK$5.45 billion ((US$697 million), according to the South China Morning Post. There were nine bidders for the 295,405 square foot property. The buyer is listed as Sunevision Holdings.

https://www.scmp.com/business/article/2177665/hong-kongs-biggest-and-last-data-centre-site-fetches-hk545-billion


Saturday, November 24, 2018

Hong Kong’s HKT builds all-fiber shared infrastructure on MTR line

Hong Kong's HKT is deploying an all-fiber mobile network architecture on a Mass Transit Railway (MTR) line to enable multiple operators sharing the network to provide ubiquitous high-quality mobile broadband to their

The DIS is deployed on the Shatin to Central Link (SCL) which is a new metro line of Mass Transit Railway under construction. The Central station is an important hub in the Golden Bay Area of Victoria Harbour. Connecting Hong Kong Island and the New Territories, this 17-kilometer line has a total of 10 train stations.

Huawei is supplying the innovative Digital Indoor System (DIS), which has the capability to evolve into future-oriented 5G networks without the need for additional cabling. Specifically, the shared indoor network is based on Huawei's LampSite Sharing solution, which allows multiple operators to share a common indoor network where radio headends of high, medium, and small power specifications can be co-deployed.

The indoor network for the SCL is constructed by HKT as the lead operator and will be shared by all mobile operators in Hong Kong.

Dr. Henry Wong, Head of Strategic Wireless Technology and Core Networks of HKT Engineering, said, "We are committed to providing users with high speed MMB service and wide network coverage for the best possible user experience. Large public venues and locations such as metro stations and lines, shopping malls, airport, etc. demand a large capacity to meet the diversified service requirements, creating the need for onward evolution into 5G for technological and economic reasons. Huawei's digital network sharing solution perfectly meets such requirements in many ways."

Mr. Ritchie Peng, President of Huawei Small Cell Product Line, said, "We are happy to open a new chapter of all-fiber architecture with HKT. Indoor places vary a lot and have diverse requirements, requiring differentiated solutions. The rapid MBB development also requires operators to focus on 5G in their network construction. Huawei is always a good advocate and exerciser of indoor digitalization. We are dedicated to offering more competitive indoor digital solutions to help our partners maximize the value of their networks."

Sunday, December 17, 2017

NTT Comm partners with Vantis in Hong Kong

Vantis Consulting Group (Vantis) has become the first partner in Hong Kong to join NTT Communications' Global Management One (GMOne) Managed Services Partner Program. Vantis will resell NTT Com GMOne managed services, cloud and hosting solutions, and further integrates with their service offerings to meet enterprises’ growing hybrid ICT needs.

GMOne managed services leverage NTT Com’s global resources for managing entire hybrid ICT ecosystems, from infrastructure, business applications to smart outsourcing.

Vantis also participates in NTT Com's Enterprise Cloud Marketplace, which was launched last year.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Google plans cloud data center in Hong Kong

Google Cloud Platform will open a new data center region in Hong Kong in 2018.

The GCP Hong Kong region is being designed for high availability, launching with three zones to protect against service disruptions.

Hong Kong will be the sixth GCP region in Asia Pacific, joining the recently launched Mumbai, Sydney, and Singapore regions, as well as Taiwan and Tokyo.

Google says it has other Asia Pacific investments in the works.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

PCCW Global launches Restoration On Demand service

Hong Kong's PCCW Global, the international operating division of HKT, launched a Restoration On Demand service.

The Network-as-a-Service offering enables its customers to rapidly re-route their connections to an alternate network path in the event of an undersea cable failure, thereby restoring their international connectivity at the click of a button.

PCCW said its Global Restoration On Demand service leverages its SDN capabilities to enhance network resilience and service performance in order to meet the needs of global enterprises. The service complements PCCW Global’s existing premium always-on protected International Private Lease Circuit (IPLC) service by offering customers a quick-to-deploy and cost-effective business continuity service alternative. Link setup, traffic restoration and billing are automatically activated, ensuring the customer's traffic is safely protected until the original fiber service is restored. Once the primary circuit has been repaired, the customer can elect when to revert to the original service.

“Our Restoration On Demand service represents a massive step forward for our enterprise customers, providing them with peace-of-mind via a cost-effective and reliable business continuity alternative. Leveraging PCCW Global’s extensive fiber network, we have designed an online portal which allows our customers to restore their international connectivity with one click of a button. It is a backup capability that, once activated online, allows capacity to be provisioned automatically by our systems in near real-time and with no human intervention required,” stated Mr. Jordick Wong, Senior Vice President, Product and Vendor Management, PCCW Global.

https://pccwglobal.com/zh/

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

China Mobile Hong Kong and Huawei build All-Cloud Core Showcase

China Mobile Hong Kong Company Limited (CMHK) and Huawei have jointly built an all-Cloud Core Network showcase to serve as an incubation center for new businesses.

At the showcase, more than 20 main traditional core network NEs have been moved on to the cloud, where the same NFVI is shared.

The companies said their deployment approach makes O&M more efficient and allows resources to be better utilized. The unified NFVI accelerates rollout of new services, guarantees fast innovation and service verification. So far, the site has provided more than three million subscribers with mobile data, VoLTE (Voice over LTE) and VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi). All KPIs show that network operation has been stable.

http://www.huawei.com/en/news/2017/8/All-Cloud-Core-Network-Showcase


Monday, July 31, 2017

I Squared Capital to acquire Hutchison Global for $1.86bn

I Squared Capital, an independent global infrastructure investment manager, announced an agreement, through its ISQ Global Infrastructure Fund II, to acquire a 100% interest in Hutchison Global Communications Investment Holding (HGC) from Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong Holdings (HTHKH), a part of CK Hutchison Holdings, for approximately HKD14.5 billion (approximately $1.86 billion).

HGC is a major fixed-line service provider addressing fixed and mobile carriers, OTT service providers, corporate, residential and data centres in Hong Kong and worldwide. The company's 1.4-million-km fibre network connects to over 14,200 buildings; it is also one of Hong Kong's largest WiFi service providers operating over 25,000 hot spots. HGC's international network includes four key land routes into mainland China, as well as multiple submarine and terrestrial cable systems.

HTHKH stated that the transaction is intended to enable it to focus in its core business of serving mobile customers, and that it plans to use the proceeds of the transaction for working capital and to invest in its mobile business.

I Squared Capital noted that a significant portion of HGC's revenue is generated through long-term contracts with a diverse customers base that includes the major mobile providers in the region. HGC Group is also working to develop cloud computing services and delivering high-speed WiFi service under the HGC On Air brand.

I Squared stated that the acquisition is expected to close by October 2017.

I Squared Capital, based in New York, is an independent global infrastructure investment manager that focuses on energy, utilities and transport in the Americas, Europe, and select high growth economies. As well as New York, the company has offices in Houston, London, New Delhi, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Commenting on the transaction, Gautam Bhandari, partner at I Squared Capital, said, "With I Squared Capital's investment, HGC will continue to provide the same quality of service that mobile telecommunication providers, corporate and residential customers have come to expect… fresh capital will also enable the company to develop new solutions to meet the ever-increasing demand for high-speed information infrastructure throughout the region and beyond".


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Video: Hutchison Global Communications - Big Trends



Andrew Kwok, President of International and Carrier Business, Hutchison Global Communications, talks about the big trends in the market, including software defined networking (SDN), security, and the interconnection regime between carriers.

See video:  https://youtu.be/qVTMJ7SqbWk


Thursday, April 20, 2017

HK-G Submarine Cable to Offer 48Tbps Capacity

Construction has commenced on a new Hong Kong - Guam Cable system (HK-G) that will offer 48 Tbps of design capacity when it comes into service in late 2019.

The 3,900 kilometer undersea cable, which features 100G optical transmission capabilities, is being built by RTI Connectivity Pte. Ltd. (RTI-C) and NEC Corporation with capital from the Fund Corporation for the Overseas Development of Japan's ICT and Postal Services Inc. (Japan ICT Fund), along with syndicated loans from Japanese institutions including NEC Capital Solutions Limited, among others.

In Hong Kong, the cable is slated to land in Tseung Kwan O (TKO) and will land in Piti, Guam at the recently completed Teleguam Holdings LLC (GTA) cable landing station. HK-G will land in the same facility as the Southeast Asia - United States Cable System (SEA-US).

Russ Matulich, RTI-C's President and CEO, acknowledged this important milestone stating, "Hong Kong is already an important interconnection point for undersea cables, and Guam is emerging as a key telecommunications hub. By extending HK-G to our SEA-US cable investment in Guam, RTI-C is facilitating a new diverse 100G transpacific cable to better serve our customers' traffic requirements between Asia, the United States and Australia." Matulich added, "RTI-C's existing investments, and those under current consideration, will enable other cable owners to better utilize their assets by interconnecting with RTI-C in Hong Kong or Guam."

http://www.RTI-Cable.com
http://www.nec.co.jp

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

3 Hong Kong Upgrading Mobile Network using Huawei for 5G

Huawei announced an agreement with 3 Hong Kong, the mobile communications division of Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong under which it will implement a series of network upgrades designed to increase network capacity and coverage and prepare 3 Hong Kong's network for the 5G era.

Huawei noted that 3 Hong Kong is currently the only mobile operator in Hong Kong with 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2300 MHz and 2600 MHz spectrum bands in service. 3 Hong Kong is re-farming spectrum to improve bandwidth efficiency as customer data usage patterns change, and having already re-farmed its 900 MHz spectrum for 4G in 2016, plans to complete re-farming of its 2100 MHz spectrum for 4G service in the second half of this year.

By the end of the year, the operator expects to have completed re-farming of its spectrum so that all five bands will be available for 4G service to help meet customer demand for data services.


In addition, 3 Hong Kong plans to utilise CA (carrier aggregation) technology to deliver a network leveraging 5CC (5 component CA), designed to provide customers with improved mobile service.

Specifically, to provide higher bandwidth 3 Hong Kong will combine 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2300 MHz x2 and 2600 MHz spectrums with FDD and TDD 5CC CA technology, together with 4 x 4 MIMO and 256QAM modulation. This technology upgrade will provide customers with compatible terminals with data download speeds of over 1.2 Gbit/s. 3 Hong Kong plans to launch this network by the end of 2017.

Meanwhile, in tandem with enhancing its 4.5G network, 3 Hong Kong is planning for the deployment of 5G technologies, including network cloudification solutions, to enable the launch of services once the relevant technology standardisation is finalised.

As part of this effort, Huawei enables network cloudification via its CloudEdge, CloudRAN and CloudAIR solutions. CloudEdge implements core network resources in the cloud, allowing flexible network configuration; CloudRAN serves to centralise the management of baseband configurations in the cloud; and CloudAIR 'cloudifies' the air interface enable dynamic adjustment of spectrum formats and allocation of spectrum resources based changing network traffic patterns.

Huawei stated that 3 Hong Kong has already deployed CloudEdge technology on its core network, and is currently applying CloudRAN technology to its wireless access network. The operator is also planning to deploy CloudAIR technology to complete cloudification of its network.

Additionally, 3 Hong Kong is developing massive MIMO technology, and has deployed a massive MIMO base station with 2300 MHz TDD in Causeway Bay that has been utilised in field testing. Huawei noted that the test results indicate that a massive MIMO base station can provide over six times the capacity of a conventional 4G base station with the same spectrum with TDD single carrier of 20 MHz bandwidth.

http://www.huawei.com/en/news/2017/4/Huawei-3HongKong-5G

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

China Mobile Hong Kong Partners with Huawei to Migrate services to NFV cloud core network

China Mobile Hong Kong (CMHK), a subsidiary of China Mobile, which serves around 850 million mobile subscribers in China, including 535,000 4G subscriptions, announced that in partnership with Huawei it has migrated services to a commercial NFV-based cloud core network.

CMHK claims that it has become the first mobile operator in Hong Kong to cloudify its core network. For the project CMHK deployed a 3GPP system that supports services for more than 20 network systems, including IP multimedia subsystem (IMS), evolved packet core (EPC), Diameter routing agent/mobile number portability (DRA/MNP), home subscriber server/home location register (HSS/HLR) and mobile switching centre-server (MSC-S).

The new network architecture delivered by Huawei is designed to both help maximise return on investment and improve operational and maintenance efficiency and provide a path toward 5G as part of the Network 2020 vision.

Previously, in November 2016 CMHK and Huawei jointly announced that CMHK has achieved a 4.5G mobile network milestone and that the operator had rolled out major network enhancements to enhance service performance and coverage during the year. CMHK and Huawei also completed a live demonstration of a 2.3GHz TDD massive MIMO solution and achieved a TDD + FDD 1 Gbit/s download speed.

In January 2017, CMHK launched a home broadband service providing bandwidth options of from 100 Mbit/s up to 1 Gbit/s.

Regarding the upgrade, Wang Yongde, VP of Huawei's cloud core network product line, commented, "On CMHK's cloud network, network elements IMS, packet switched and circuit switched domains are co-deployed... (and) VoLTE, VoWiFi and mobile data services are co-operated... CMHK and Huawei are jointly developing new technologies such as network slicing and edge computing for the transformation to cloud networks".

http://www.huawei.com/en/news/2017/2/Cloud-Era-HK-New-Cloud-Core-Network

Saturday, November 7, 2015

3 Hong Kong Tests FDD+TDD and 4.5G with Huawei

Hutchison Telecommunications's 3 Hong Kong division has demonstrated an FDD+TDD and 4.5G(TDD+) network in conjunction with Huawei at last week's Global Mobile Broadband (MBB) Forum 2015 in Hong Kong.

The 4.5G(TDD+) solution includes features such as four component carrier (4CC) carrier aggregation (CA), large-scale 4X4 Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) multi-antenna technology and 256 quadrature amplitude modulation (256 QAM) to significantly boost network capacity and peak download rates.

For the demo, 3 Hong Kong paired FDD spectrum in the 1800 MHz and 2600 MHz band with TDD 2300 MHz spectrum via CA technology, and achieved record download speeds of 1Gbps by utilising 60MHz of spectrum to maximise bandwidth efficiency.

3 Hong Kong and Huawei will continue to innovate and bring new mobile technologies to Hong Kong. We plan to re-farm our 900 MHz and 2100 MHz spectrums for LTE network deployment in order to develop a 5CC LTE-A network, further boosting the peak download rate to around 1.3 Gbps. By combining the strengths of mobile, fixed and Wi-Fi networks, we work tirelessly to provide customers with an all-round mobile communication experience with smooth and stable LTE service, plus high-quality content and customer service,” stated Peter Wong, CEO and Group Managing Director of HTHKH.

3 Hong Kong also showcased a commercial smartphone compatible with FDD+TDD 3CC CA technology at a 4.5G(TDD+) demonstration took place in Causeway Bay, one of the world’s most complex wireless environments.

http://www.huawei.com/en/news/2015/10/3%20Hong%20Kong%20and%20Huawei%20demonstrate%20a

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Verizon Deploys 100G in APAC Using Fujitsu and Ciena

Verizon has deployed 100G technology on its network in Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong, connecting these three locations and further extending 100G technology across its global network.

This deployment, which used the Fujitsu Flashwave 9500 ROADM and Ciena 5430 Reconfigurable Switching System, added approximately 11,681 terrestrial and submarine miles (18,800 kilometers) to the company’s extensive 100G network.  These additional miles add to the more than 32,000 100G miles already deployed on Verizon’s U.S. network and 8,500 100G miles on its European network.

“Like other regions in the world, the Asia-Pacific region is seeing solid traffic growth from such drivers as cloud services, over-the-top video and unified services,” said Helen Wong, director of Asia-Pacific products for Verizon. “By deploying 100G, Verizon stays ahead of its global customers’ increasing demand for bandwidth while improving quality and increasing the efficiency of our global network.”

Verizon said traffic continues to rise due to the growing demands of data, cloud, video and mobile solutions that require increasingly agile and scalable enterprise networks. The company also cited its recent Secure Cloud Interconnect agreements with Google, Salesforce, HP, Microsoft and Amazon Web Services, which are expected to fuel the demand for 100G connections between the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and the U.S.

http://www.verizon.com/about/news/verizon-extends-its-100g-network-asia-pacific/


  • Verizon first deployed 100G on an ultra-long-haul optical system in the U.S. in 2011.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Interoute Opens Data Centre in Hong Kong

Interoute opened a new Interoute Virtual Data Centre (VDC) zone in Hong Kong, enabling global enterprises with presence in Asia to gain fast access to their applications and data stored in the Interoute cloud. In addition, customers can move data and applications across the entire Interoute cloud services platform between VDC zones for free, thanks to the integration of Interoute’s automated MPLS network.

Interoute now has seven Interoute VDC zones in Amsterdam, Berlin, Geneva, London, Paris, Milan and Hong Kong to host their data.

http://www.interoute.com

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Telstra Exits Hong Kong Mobile Market with Sale of CSL

Telstra is selling its Hong Kong based mobiles business CSL to HKT Limited for US$2.425 billion.

The sale, which is subject to regulatory approval in Hong Kong and HKT and PCCW Limited security holder approval, would equate to proceeds of approximately A$2 billion* for Telstra’s 76.4 per cent interest. HKT will also acquire the remaining 23.6 per cent shareholding held by New World Development.

Telstra CEO said market dynamics that make this the right time to sell CSL.

“CSL has been a strongly performing business, the compound annual revenue growth rate was 9.4 per cent over the last three years and we have gained market share. We are proud of CSL’s achievements. It has established itself as a premium brand and strong player in the market, last year adding 425,000 mobile customers,” said Mr Thodey. “However, there are a number of dynamics in the Hong Kong mobiles market that means this is the right opportunity for Telstra to maximise our return on this successful asset.”

http://www.telstra.com

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Hong Kong's CSL Readies VoLTE with ZTE

Hong Kong's CSL has activated VoLTE in its network using ZTE's 4G and IMS solutions.  The full commercial launch is expected to take place in the first half of 2014.

ZTE’s IMS solution supports eSRVCC (enhanced Single Radio Voice Call Continuity), delivering smooth handovers between voice calls on 4G and 3G networks for CSL’s VoLTE service. Customers can also access CSL’s 4G mobile data services simultaneously, while conducting VoLTE calls ensuring improved usability and a high-quality experience. Customers will also be able to enjoy faster call setup speeds compared with 3G.

“We have worked closely with CSL to deliver this state of the art VoLTE service to its customers, and will continue to maintain CSL’s leading network position for the Hong Kong market,” said Shi Lirong, President of ZTE.

http://1010.hkcsl.com/
http://wwwen.zte.com.cn/en/press_center/news/201312/t20131205_414311.html

Saturday, June 1, 2013

NTT Opens Massive Data Center in Hong Kong Amidst Strong Demand

NTT Communications opened phase one of a new Hong Kong Financial Data Centre (FDC™).  The company said over 80% of phase one capacity in the new data centre was reserved prior to launch.

The Tier IV ready facility boasts a100% uptime service level, unrivalled security, connection to NTT's ultra-low latency networks and close proximity to the data centre operations of regional exchanges.

FDC also features a continuous cooling system, continuous rating generators and compartmentalized infrastructure design. Once complete, the facility will offer over 70,000 m2 of gross floor area and over 6,000 racks in total.

The FDC houses the landing station of the new Asia Submarine-cable Express (ASE) which connects key financial hubs in Asia with the shortest possible route that boasts industry leading network latency of less than 43 milliseconds from Hong Kong to Tokyo and less than 64 milliseconds from Singapore to Tokyo. Furthermore, the FDC is collocated with NTT Communications’ global network node that connects to Europe and North America.

The Hong Kong Government is committed to promoting the development of high-tier data centres. Today the Tseung Kwan O Industrial Estate houses a cluster of 12 high-tier data centres, occupying a total of 20 hectares of land and the Hong Kong Financial Data Centre of NTT is the latest addition to this impressive data centre family. These centres with stringent performance requirements provide valuable support to the business operations and growth of both our local and international enterprises," stated Ms. Susie Ho Shuk-yee, JP, Permanent Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Hong Kong.

http://www.ntt.com/aboutus_e/news/data/20130531_2.html

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